Con artists duped mask buyers out of more than HK$74 million in Hong Kong in 2020. Photo: Dickson Lee Con artists duped mask buyers out of more than HK$74 million in Hong Kong in 2020. Photo: Dickson Lee
Con artists duped mask buyers out of more than HK$74 million in Hong Kong in 2020. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong shopping scams tripled in 2020, with more than HK$74 million conned from mask buyers

  • Overall number of crimes reported in 2020 rose by 6.8 per cent to 63,232, while total detection rate increased slightly by 0.7 per cent, to 37.8 per cent
  • Police chief Chris Tang says SIM-card registration could help officers crack down on scams, as most culprits use untraceable prepaid phone cards

Topic |   Hong Kong police
Con artists duped mask buyers out of more than HK$74 million in Hong Kong in 2020. Photo: Dickson Lee Con artists duped mask buyers out of more than HK$74 million in Hong Kong in 2020. Photo: Dickson Lee
Con artists duped mask buyers out of more than HK$74 million in Hong Kong in 2020. Photo: Dickson Lee
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