A HOUSEWIFE phoned up strangers, pretending to be a friend who needed money, North Kowloon Court heard yesterday. Tse Shuk-ha, 24, obtained more than $68,000 from her victims after giving a plausible story over the phone, said prosecuting counsel, Charles Chan. He said she was caught after one of the people she phoned reported the call and she was followed when he went to deliver the money. Tse's husband, Ho Chun-hing, 32, was arrested when he collected the money. The other victims deposited the money into a bank account. Tse and Ho have denied 10 counts of obtaining property by deception. Also on trial is Cheung Fung-ling, 25, a correctional services officer. Deposits by victims were allegedly made into two bank accounts in her name. Magistrate Thomas Tsang was told that the police received several reports of deception relating to requests for money made over the phone between October and January. One of the victims received a phone call on November 26, during which a woman claiming to be his friend demanded money. The victim, who was not named in court, agreed to meet the woman outside a restaurant in Argyle Street, Mongkok. The victim then reported the matter to police. Ho was arrested when he followed the victim to withdraw cash at a bank. A bank card bearing Cheung's name was found in Ho's wallet. Police also found a phone book containing names and bank account numbers of other people who had been phoned, the court heard. Under caution, Ho said that he helped his wife, Tse, to commit the offences. The police also found that four accounts had been used to receive money from victims - two of them were under Cheung's name. The hearing continues.