Police handled 6,678 reports of internet shopping fraud last year, up more than 200 per cent from 2,194 cases in 2019. Photo: Shutterstock
Police handled 6,678 reports of internet shopping fraud last year, up more than 200 per cent from 2,194 cases in 2019. Photo: Shutterstock

Hong Kong records nearly sixfold rise in technology-based crimes in a decade, with monetary losses of HK$2.96 billion in 2020 alone, police say

  • Cybercrime reports rose from 2,206 in 2011 to 12,916 last year, while the amount of money involved increased from HK$148 million to HK$2.96 billion
  • Surge last year mainly fuelled by sharp rise in online shopping swindles, including mask scams, amid coronavirus pandemic, police say

Police handled 6,678 reports of internet shopping fraud last year, up more than 200 per cent from 2,194 cases in 2019. Photo: Shutterstock
Police handled 6,678 reports of internet shopping fraud last year, up more than 200 per cent from 2,194 cases in 2019. Photo: Shutterstock
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