12 arrested in online scam probe
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Twelve people have been arrested on suspicion of cheating online shoppers out of HK$130,000 by offering goods on auction websites that they never delivered.
The 10 men and two women, all Hong Kong residents, were arrested in an operation which saw more than 100 police officers raid 24 locations on Wednesday and Thursday. Police are still hunting several suspected scammers.
The raids came against a backdrop of soaring levels of internet crime in the first six months of the year.
One of the suspects, a jobless man, was involved in 27 of the 43 cases that took place over a period of six months. One of the other cases involved multiple buildings.
“He is accused of selling non-existent concert tickets on the internet and cheating 27 victims out of more than HK$30,000,” a police officer said.
The 46 victims aged between 15 and 43 included 20 students, a teacher, a technician, an insurance agent and clerical and site workers.
The 12 suspects aged between 20 and 30, were arrested on suspicion of obtaining property by deception. They were granted bail and no one has yet been charged.