Macao man loses over HK$6.85 million in sophisticated scam, mainland Chinese woman arrested

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17th April 2024 – (Macao) Macao authorities announced yesterday (16th) that a local man had fallen prey to a sophisticated fraud scheme last year, resulting in a loss of HK$6.85 million. Following an investigation, law enforcement officials uncovered evidence of HK$1.65 million being deposited into a bank account. Subsequently, a mainland Chinese woman, who was found to be in possession of the said account, was apprehended upon her entry into Macao on the same day (16th). She admitted to opening multiple bank accounts in Hong Kong on behalf of another individual, under the pretext of assisting with illegal gambling activities, with the promise of receiving a 20% share of the proceeds. However, no further communication or remuneration was received. The case involves substantial allegations of fraud, money laundering, and involvement with criminal organisations, and it has been referred to the prosecution for further handling.

According to the details of the case, the male victim received a call on 24th August last year, purportedly from the “Shanghai Public Security Bureau,” alleging his involvement in illegal mainland gambling activities and claiming that a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Believing the call to be genuine, the victim cooperated with the fraudsters’ “investigation.” During the course of their interaction, which included video calls and screen sharing, the victim unknowingly provided his online banking information and transaction passwords for purported fund verification. As suspicions grew while awaiting the investigation’s outcome, the victim contacted his bank and discovered that HK$6.85 million had been transferred from his account to three separate Hong Kong accounts. Disturbed by this revelation, he reported the incident to the police on 5th September last year.