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.