Romance-related scams rose threefold in 2018, with 596 involved love-struck individuals being exploited on social media platforms and swindled out of a total HK$450 million. Photo: Shutterstock

Hong Kong crime rate lowest in 48 years but social media scams almost double, police report

  • Crime rate falls for 12th consecutive year but crimes of deception buck the trend, particularly romance-related and investment scams, which both rose
  • Police open Twitter and Weibo accounts to raise awareness of scams, particularly among migrants and visitors
Topic |   Hong Kong police

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Romance-related scams rose threefold in 2018, with 596 involved love-struck individuals being exploited on social media platforms and swindled out of a total HK$450 million. Photo: Shutterstock
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