Hong Kong Police tips to avoid phone scams

Hong Kong Police tips to avoid phone scams

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Police say younger victims may be too busy with studies or work to read about phone scams in the news.
Photo: Dickson Lee/SCMP

A 28-year-old University of Hong Kong student lost 220,000 yuan (HK$240,000) to phone scammers claiming to be mainland officials.

Hong Kong police say that of the 1,138 phone scam cases last year. 45 per cent of the victims were younger than 30, and about 10 per cent were exchange students from the mainland. Fraudsters usually accuse the victim of breaking mainland law, and then transfer the call to someone claiming to be from the mainland police.

Young Post talked to police to find out how young people can avoid scams. A police spokesman says never transfer money to strangers' bank accounts. Law enforcement agents will not ask for any internet banking passwords or any money. If you receive a call from someone who says they are an agent, contact the relevant departments to verify their claims.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Police tips to avoid scams

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