Scams involving fake officials and shady mobile phone apps have spiked this year. Photo: Shutterstock Scams involving fake officials and shady mobile phone apps have spiked this year. Photo: Shutterstock
Scams involving fake officials and shady mobile phone apps have spiked this year. Photo: Shutterstock

Spike in Hong Kong phone scams: widow, 85, loses HK$20 million, teenager hands over HK$200,000 to save parents from ‘trouble’

  • Police say 895 victims reported losing total of HK$402 million to phone tricksters from January to September
  • Scammers raked in HK$300 million pretending to be officials demanding payment

Topic |   Crime in Hong Kong
Scams involving fake officials and shady mobile phone apps have spiked this year. Photo: Shutterstock Scams involving fake officials and shady mobile phone apps have spiked this year. Photo: Shutterstock
Scams involving fake officials and shady mobile phone apps have spiked this year. Photo: Shutterstock
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