Online fraud

HK$9.6 m targeted in online banking scam

The e-mail scam tricked 13 people into revealing the code generated by personal security devices after malware steers them to fake websites. Photo: Edmond So

More than HK$9.6 million held in company bank accounts was targeted in a sophisticated e-mail scam that tricked 13 people into revealing the code generated by personal security devices banks issue for customers to conduct transactions online, police say.

Thursday, 9 May, 2013, 5:45am

Paper talk

Peter Lee Ka-kit

Fish paste sold in Wellcome supermarkets is found to be produced in a filthy house in Lok Ma Chau. And the house, swamped with rats and flies, is said to belong to businessman Kwok Chi-yau, a member of the chief executive election committee. 

9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am

Briefs, December 23, 2012

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Photo: AFP

Sri Lankan police have arrested 100 Chinese nationals over an online currency scam in a string of night-time raids in and around the capital. Police said the 74 men and 26 women were arrested on Friday. "The fraud-affected people [live] in China," a police official said. 

23 Dec 2012 - 6:53am

Boom times for cyber crooks as rising trend in online fraud shows up in Hong Kong

The number of commercial e-mail fraud cases rose more than four times in the year to September compared with the same period last year, with victims suffering a record HK$113 million in losses, an eight-fold increase.

In the largest cyber scam this year, a Middle Eastern company was conned out of HK$16 million, believing it was dealing with a mainland business partner.

13 Nov 2012 - 4:14am 1 comment

City Digest, October 22, 2012

Bank alerts police over suspicious men at ATM

Nanyang Commercial Bank staff called police shortly after midnight yesterday after a customer reported a problem when using an ATM on Nathan Road, Mong Kok. Security footage showed two men fitting a device to the ATM that police believed to be a data collector.


Woman conned into making web transfers

22 Oct 2012 - 6:16am

Philippines deports Taiwanese over scam

Taiwanese nationals, rounded up recently on suspicion of online fraud, prepare to board a chartered flight for deportation to Taiwan on Wednesday. Photo: AP

The Philippines said on Thursday it had deported 279 Taiwanese accused of running a multi-million-dollar online scam that prompted stepped-up airport screening to guard against criminal gangs.

The Taiwanese were put on two chartered flights on Wednesday to Taipei, where they face prosecution, immigration spokeswoman Antonette Mangrobang said.

20 Sep 2012 - 7:02pm

Manila urged to deport 300 Taiwanese in detention

Suspected members of an online fraud syndicate, including 291 Taiwanese, 86 from the mainland and a New Zealander, wait to be processed in August. Photo: AP

Taiwan wants the Philippines to immediately deport nearly 300 Taiwanese who were arrested by Manila police in a massive anti-fraud crackdown after one died and some began falling ill in crowded detention.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

12 arrested in online scam probe

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.

31 Aug 2012 - 5:56pm