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Advance-Fee Fraud

Jobless used as couriers for scams

Rising numbers of jobless mainlanders are being hired to pick up money for the masterminds of telephone scams who dupe victims into paying ransoms or money to help relatives, police say.

Tuesday, 29 May, 2012, 12:00am

Fraudsters' new scam snares job seekers

Anxious job seekers are being warned of a new scam in which their identity cards may be used to obtain loans or to buy iPhones.

Some victims even face prosecution after being duped into using false documents to get loans, police say.

Eighteen people fell victim to such scams in the first three months of this year, compared with 13 over the same period last year.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Sex hunters fall victim to new paid-dating scam

Men seeking compensated dating - a disguised form of prostitution - are being taken for thousands of dollars in a new fraud scam, police say.

Victims are persuaded to pay up first, then their dates fail to appear or they are extorted via threats their demand for sexual services will be disclosed to their families, police say.

18 May 2012 - 12:00am

E-mail fraudsters target small firms

A sophisticated, worldwide e-mail fraud is hitting businesses in Hong Kong, siphoning off substantial sums of money, police say.

International syndicates are taking money from companies by impersonating their authentic business partners.

23 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

When you get a hoax call

You're home alone with your little brother. Your parents have taken that trip to Europe they've been planning all year. As much as you're enjoying your new-found freedom - no parents! - you have this uncomfortable feeling in your gut. Deep down you miss your parents.

10 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Beware: summer job scams await

Police warned job seekers to be aware of potential recruitment scams in summer job offers.

'During the summer many teenagers hope to find jobs. But some may fall for scams by con artists,' said Denis Chan Sung-shing, a superintendent at the Commercial Crime Bureau.

8 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Fraudsters offer US$9.8m bait

Fraudsters are using a new twist on an old scam - the promise of US$9.8 million from a so-called dying cancer patient - to dupe victims into revealing personal information, the police have warned.

2 May 2011 - 12:00am

More card scam victims surface

More sports events have been hit by fraudsters using scams identical to the one used to drain bank accounts of rugby supporters.

30 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Most street scam artists come from mainland

More than 90 per cent of people arrested for street scams in the past two years were from the mainland, the secretary for security said yesterday.

11 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Lai See

For the love of art

Announcing a major arts sponsorship deal yesterday, Cheung Kong deputy chairman Victor Li Tzar-kuoi was at pains to stress the group's altruistic purpose.

12 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Lawyers now gambling on liquid assets

Ah, the good old days.

Decadence. Extravagance. Money for old rope.

Especially among lawyers who made a killing on the property market. Doing conveyancing work, that is.

Now that little goldmine has disappeared into the great meal ticket in the sky, what are they up to?

Well, there's liquidation work.

17 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Phone scam

POLICE are requesting information on a mobile phone scam in which victims are tricked into joining phone plans then offered a reward when the phone is handed to syndicate members.

26 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Bullion scam

Seven people were arrested when a company in Connaught Road, Central, suspected of being involved in a London silver bullion trading scam, was raided by police.

27 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Gold 'scam'

Five men and five women believed to be involved in bullion trading scams were arrested after police raided two companies in Worldwide House, Central.

13 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Scam arrests

Twenty-two people, suspected to be involved in a gold-trading scam, were arrested in a raid on a commercial complex in Chung On Street, Tsuen Wan, mounted after seven victims reported losses of $1.4 million.

16 Jul 1999 - 12:00am