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Internet Fraud

62 million users duped by internet shopping cheats

Nearly one-third of online shoppers in the mainland were cheated an average of about 500 yuan in the past year, a Xinhua report said yesterday.

Tuesday, 14 August, 2012, 7:50pm

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

Teenagers among 15 people arrested in online fraud crackdown

A 13-year-old schoolboy and a 16-year-old girl were among 15 suspected swindlers arrested yesterday in a crackdown on online shopping fraud totalling about HK$300,000.

The scams lured more than 30 people to pay for diamonds, iPhones, luxury handbags and other items that were not delivered after payment.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Warning against online fraud

A special police task force against online crime has warned auction sites to be wary of people posing as overseas buyers using foreign bank accounts to pay for goods.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Police unit to fight net fraud

Hong Kong police have assigned a designated crime unit to investigate internet fraud cases due to the steady annual increase in these offences.

The number of internet fraud cases reported to police has risen from 259 in 2008 to 623 in 2010. Already in the first three months of this year 211 cases have come under investigation.

26 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

Success of phone scams highlights digital danger

One of the greatest drawbacks of the digital age is the indiscriminate nature in which both public and personal information can be accessed and disseminated. Personal information has been made more readily accessible for public and sometimes nefarious use than ever before.

4 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Stay in touch to avoid financial predators

We have been reminded too often in the past decade that there are many ways to lose one's savings, like putting everything in one basket (the employees who kept their wealth in Enron shares), or giving it to just one investment manager (like Madoff).

31 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Fake ICAC officers net HK$3.6m

The public must beware of con men posing as anti-graft officers in well-orchestrated scams, the ICAC warns, saying it has received 20 complaints about such cases in the past year.

The victims in those 20 cases were conned out of HK$3.6 million by fraudsters who claimed to be ICAC officers, the Independent Commission Against Corruption said.

30 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Have your say

A helping hand for the elderly

Our school organises a service day every year in keeping with our school motto: 'We serve Shun Lee, we serve the community.'

On that day, all students help needy people at different venues.

This year, our group of Form Three students decided to offer assistance to elderly people who live alone.

7 May 2007 - 12:00am

Chat room experiment suggests Net is no place for kids

'Intro?' That is the typical greeting these days whenever I hit an online chat room. Of course, I hardly get a whiff of attention whenever I use my typical male-sounding pseudonym, or 'nick'.

13 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Second fake financial site found in two weeks

Police have stepped up their warning over internet fraud after the discovery of a second bogus financial services website in one week.

Yesterday's discovery of the imitation Schroder Investment Management (Hong Kong) Limited website came just days after the closure of a fake HSBC financial services website by police and the Monetary Authority.

9 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Computer probe

Two Canadian Chinese men and an SAR resident arrested over an alleged fraud involving $18 million worth of computer parts will appear in Eastern Court today.

24 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Time to try cyber-shopping

It never seems to end. I am always hearing about the problems of so-called e-commerce.

28 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Net offers fraudsters new arena for crime

IF you have not yet been a victim of fraud, chances are you will be. And, thanks to the rise of the Internet, it could happen sooner than you think.

Studies in the United States indicate that one in six Americans have been defrauded.

12 Jan 1997 - 12:00am