Hong Kong woman arrested upon reentry to Macao after allegedly defrauding man in tea investment scheme

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Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge

7th April 2024 – (Macao) Macao authorities have apprehended a Hong Kong woman who is suspected of impersonating a Taiwanese individual and engaging in fraudulent activities through a phone application, using a partnership investment in rare tea leaves as a pretext. The case came to light after a Macao man reported losing HK$56,000 to the woman last year, after which he lost all contact with her. Following nearly a year-long investigation, the implicated Hong Kong woman was intercepted and arrested upon her recent entry into Macao via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. She denies any involvement in the scam, claiming that the related account was borrowed by a friend and she had no knowledge of the case. The woman faces charges of substantial fraud, and Macau authorities are conducting further investigations into the matter.

The arrested woman, surnamed Chu, is a 24-year-old resident of Hong Kong who claimed to work in the financial services sector. According to the case details, the Macau man became acquainted with Chu through a phone application in early April of last year. At the time, she purported to be from Taiwan and boasted of having connections to acquire precious tea leaves. She invited the man to enter into a partnership investment in the tea business.

Unsuspecting of any deceit, the man transferred HK$56,500 to Chu’s bank account on 13th April, 2023. However, she subsequently delayed communication and eventually cut off contact. Realising he had been swindled, the victim reported the incident to Macau law enforcement. During their investigation, authorities discovered that Chu was the holder of the bank account where the deceived funds were received. It was not until last Sunday morning, 31st March, that law enforcement officers intercepted the suspect at the Macau checkpoint of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.