A 90-year-old Hong Kong girl has been conned out of $32 million by fraudsters posing as Chinese officials, police mentioned, in town’s biggest recorded phone scam.
Authorities mentioned scammers focused an aged girl dwelling in a mansion on The Peak, Hong Kong’s most luxurious neighborhood.
The criminals contacted the unnamed girl final summer time pretending to be Chinese public safety officials. According to the report. They claimed her id had been used in a severe legal case in mainland China.
She was advised she wanted to switch cash from her checking account into accounts held by the investigation staff for safekeeping and scrutiny, the South China Morning Post reported, citing police sources.
Police mentioned a number of days later an individual arrived at her home with a devoted cellular phone and SIM card for her to use in speaking with the pretend safety brokers who persuaded her to make a complete of 11 financial institution transfers.
Over 5 months, the aged girl transferred a complete of HK$250 million (£23million) to the scammers, the biggest sum recorded but by a phone scammer.
Police mentioned the scam was solely found as a result of the aged girl’s home assist thought one thing suspicious was taking place and contacted her employer’s daughter who then alerted officers.
After an investigation, a 19-year-old was arrested for fraud and has been launched on bail, police mentioned.
The South China Morning Post reported that the arrested particular person is believed to have been the fraudster who turned up on the woman’s home with the phone.
Hong Kong’s aged are suffering from phone scammers who hunt down susceptible and rich victims keen to switch cash or make bogus investments.
In 2020, police mentioned they dealt with 1,193 phone scam circumstances the place a complete of HK$574 million was stolen.
Last yr a 65-year-old girl was duped out of HK$68.9 million after an identical scheme the place folks posed as mainland safety officials