Rise of cash scammers targeting middle-aged men in Tung Chung

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15th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) A concerning trend of scammers, has emerged in various districts, with individuals approaching passers-by for cash under various pretexts. Recently, a netizen took to social media to warn residents of Tung Chung about the prevalence of middle-aged mainland Chinese women near the MTR station and fire station. These women, aged approximately between 30 to 40 years, claim to be penniless and seek loans ranging from tens to a hundred Hong Kong dollars from unsuspecting individuals.

The original poster, a member of a local Facebook group, said these scammers specifically targeted middle-aged men between 40 and 50 years old, urging them to be cautious. The netizen highlighted the frequent sightings of the aforementioned mainland Chinese women near the Tung Chung MTR station, fire station, and Yat Tung Estate. The women approach strangers, claiming to have no money for meals and requesting loans ranging from tens to a hundred Hong Kong dollars.

The netizen further revealed that they had successfully thwarted two men from giving money to these scammers. However, the scammers reacted angrily, causing a scene before leaving. The netizen’s intention in sharing this post was to raise awareness among Tung Chung residents, urging them not to tolerate such behaviour and cautioning men in particular against falling victim to these scams. The netizen emphasised the potential significant loss, stating, “One person giving fifty dollars may not seem much, but if ten people fall into the trap, it adds up to five hundred dollars.”