76-year-old man nearly losses HK$4m to fraudster before bank employee detects scam

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7th December 2022 – (Hong Kong) The police received a report from a bank employee on Monday (5th) that an elderly man surnamed Ho (76 years old) and a woman surnamed Lam (26 years old) requested to withdraw about 4 million Hong Kong dollars in cash.

After learning about the incident, the bank employee felt that something was wrong, so the employee asked the police for help. After in-depth investigation, the police found that the male victim received a call last Thursday (1st) from a person who claimed to be a law enforcement officer in the Mainland, accusing him of committing a criminal offence in the Mainland and asking him to transfer about HK$2 million or more to a designated bank account.

As he was not familiar with online banking, the scammer claimed that he could arrange for someone in Hong Kong to provide assistance. On the same day, a woman arrived at the residence of the victim in Yau Ma Tei, claiming to be a law enforcement officer, and tricked the victim into giving her the account number and password of his online banking account. Four days later, the woman asked the victim to go to the bank with her to withdraw cash, but luckily she failed. The police then arrested Lam on suspicion of “obtaining property by deception”, and she is being detained for investigation. The police operation is still ongoing, and it is not ruled out that more people will be arrested, and the case will be handed over to the Yau Tsim District Criminal Investigation Team for follow-up.

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