63-year-old local man scammed by ‘online girlfriend’ to invest HK$12m in crypto currency

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9th February 2023 – (Hong Kong) A 63-year-old local man filed a police report on the 4th of this month, saying that he met a woman on an online dating platform earlier and developed an online relationship. The other party claimed to be an expert in crypto currency investment and lobbied him to invest in crypto currency.

From 29th December last year to 30th January this year, the victim transferred a total of 12 million Hong Kong dollars several times to 16 bank accounts designated by the other party. The victim later tried to get the money back, but suspected that he had been scammed and reported the incident to the police. After a preliminary investigation, the case was classified as “obtaining property by deceit”, and no one has been arrested yet.