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Crime in Hong Kong

Hong Kong student arrested in connection with HK$11.7 million phone scam

Woman was previously conned out of HK2.4 million by phone scammers

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 November, 2017, 10:52pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 11 November, 2017, 10:14am

A student, who had been a victim of phone scammers in the past, was arrested for allowing her bank account to be used to receive money that was linked to another phone deception case involving HK$11.7 million.

Police officers arrested the 30-year old mainlander for obtaining property by deception at her home in Hung Hom at 9pm on Thursday night.

It is understood that the woman was a doctoral degree student at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and was previously conned out of HK$2.4 million by phone scammers.

Chief inspector Wilson Tam Wai-shun, from Kowloon East regional crime headquarters, said the woman was suspected of being cheated by con men again and was told to give out her bank account details and passwords.

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“Her account was used to receive around HK$1 million in 10 separate transactions from an investment analyst, who was duped out of more than HK$11 million by phone scammers posing as mainland officials,” Tam said. “We will investigate if her bank account was used for money laundering.”

In August, a 29-year-old mainlander who worked for an investment company in North Point realised he had been cheated and reported the incident to police after losing contact with the supposed official for about a week.

The victim transferred about 9 million yuan (HK$10.6 million) and HK$1.1 million into more than 10 bank accounts on the mainland and in Hong Kong between July 22 and August 22.

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The force received 716 phone scam reports in the first nine months of this year, with 82 per cent of victims being conned by the scammers successfully.

The total monetary loss rose by 28 per cent to nearly HK$200 million in this period. Around 80 per cent of the money went to bogus “government officials”.