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Job hunting trap︱ Scammers pretend to be lawyers' employees and remit money 22 job seekers nearly $6 million 3 men arrested


Under the epidemic, the unemployment rate in Hong Kong hit a record high in 16 years. There are still fraudsters using the eagerness of job seekers to defraud 22 people of nearly 6 million yuan! The police allege that a fraudulent group used social platforms to apply for job posts, claiming to hire the victim


Written by: Chen Leilei and Deng Yongzhong

2021-02-10 16:35

The last update date: 2021-02-10 16:41

Under the epidemic, the unemployment rate in Hong Kong hit a record high in 16 years. There are still fraudsters using the eagerness of job seekers to defraud 22 people of nearly 6 million yuan!

According to the police, a scam group was discovered earlier using social platforms to apply for job postings, claiming to hire victims to assist in remittances, and later used their bank accounts to borrow money, and eventually pretended to be lawyers employees to collect payments. There were as many as 22 victims, and the amount of fraud was as high as 600 Million.

As of yesterday (9th), the police arrested 3 men on charges of conspiracy to defraud. The police said the case is still under investigation and no more arrests are scheduled.

According to the police, last year the number of job search fraud cases increased by nearly 90% compared with the previous year, involving fraud of up to 20 million yuan. People are urged to pay more attention to job search and report to the police if they suspect they have been defrauded.

The police said that during the period from January to December last year, a number of victims reported that they contacted scammers who claimed to be remittances through social media platforms when they applied for a job. The other party claimed that they could obtain a certain amount of money after hiring the victim to assist in the remittance. remuneration.

Afterwards, the scammers contacted the victim via SMS to obtain their personal information, including proof of income, proof of address, bank account, etc., and then pretended to be the victim to borrow from various banks.

After receiving the money, the victim followed the scammer's instructions to transfer the money or handed it in cash to a person who claimed to be a staff member of the law firm. It was only a few weeks later that the victim was discovered to have been deceived after receiving the bank loan receipt.

22 job-seekers were deceived and lost a total of more than 6 million yuan

According to the police, after the investigation, it is believed that the syndicate has been operating for nearly a year, involving as many as 32 cases, including 10 men and 22 women, and the deceived amount ranges from 26,000 yuan to 1 million yuan, with a total amount of up to 6 million yuan.

Among them, the single maximum amount is 1 million. A 35-year-old local male victim was used by fraudsters to apply for 520,000 and 480,000 respectively from two banks.

As of yesterday (9th), the police arrested a 23-year-old man of Chinese nationality who was posing as an employee of a law firm and charged a 19-year-old girl in remittance of 37,000 yuan.

The police also arrested two men aged 24 and 25 in Ma On Shan and Tai Kok Tsui for their roles of assigning jobs and pretending to be employees of a lawyer's firm. The police believe that the two have also participated in similar cases in the past.

Last year job hunting scams increased by 90%. Police urge citizens to pay more attention

According to statistics, a total of 175 job search fraud cases were recorded in 2019, and 332 cases were recorded in 2020, an increase of 90%, and the amount increased from 14.5 million by 40% to 20 million.

The police reminded citizens that if they find that relevant jobs do not require special skills to get a high-paying job, and need to obtain personal information such as income certificates, they should pay more attention to them. If they find cheated, they should report to the police for help immediately.


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Source: hk1

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