A Hong Kong woman, 35, has become the latest victim of cybercrime after her computer was “hacked” and 433,000 yuan (HK$546,000) was stolen from her bank account. The woman, who lives in Shung Ching San Tsuen village on Tai Shu Ha Road West in Yuen Long, “received a telephone call from a man who claimed that her bank account was suspected to have been used for illegal purposes”, a police spokesman said. “She logged onto her online banking account … and followed his instructions to input information,” the spokesman said. To her horror, she later discovered that thousands of dollars had been drained from her bank account. She called police at about 11.15pm last night. A veteran police officer said the woman’s computer might have been infected by malicious programmes before she received the call. The woman may have been directed to fake web pages so that she would unwittingly send personal information to the culprits. “When she logged on her e-banking account, fraudsters made use of computer technology to display bogus web page interfaces on her computer and steal her information when she input her login name and passwords,” he said. The officer said the thieves then used the data to steal money from her bank account through online transfers. Police are treating the case as “deception”. Crime squad officers from the Yuen Long police district are investigating. So far, no one has been arrested. On their website, the police appealed to internet users to stay alert against possible viruses or any other malicious programmes while using computers. “Never open any attachment of unidentified emails, and avoid logging in suspicious website or download from which any software,” read one of the police’s safety warnings. “Do not log on to online services (such as e-banking) via hyperlinks attachments in emails, online search engines, suspicious pop-up windows or other suspicious channels,” the force advised. In Hong Kong, technology crimes, mainly involving online scams, rose to 5,133 cases last year from 3,015 in 2012. Total monetary losses almost quadrupled, from HK$238 million to about HK$863 million. Speaking on his first day on the job last month, Hong Kong’s police chief Stephen Lo Wai-chung listed cybercrime as one of two top priorities under his watch.