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2021-03-09T14:40:40.798Z

The scammers used "easy to make quick money" to lead people into a job trap, and out of 68 people lost more than 7.58 million yuan! Beginning in September last year, scammers posted "quick money" job advertisements online, instructing victims to "swipe orders" online to help sellers improve



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Written by: Shao Peilin and Feng Guoliang

2021-03-09 11:14

Last update date: 2021-03-09 16:56

The scammers used "easy to make quick money" to lead people into a job trap, and out of 68 people lost more than 7.58 million yuan!

Beginning in September last year, fraudsters posted "quick money" recruitment advertisements online, instructing victims to "swipe orders" online to help sellers increase sales, requiring the other party to deposit money into a designated bank account, and promised to return the principal 、Provide 5% to 12% commission, but after the fraudster succeeded, disappeared, the suffering master suspected of being deceived and called the police.

One of the female victims was an accountant. She ran short of nearly 2 million yuan in public funds from the company to earn commissions. She was arrested on suspicion of theft in December last year.

Police yesterday (8th) took action in multiple districts across Hong Kong and arrested 5 men and 1 woman, including an 18-year-old college student, on charges of conspiracy to defraud.

One of the 22-year-old arrested men was a key member. He claimed that he was also a victim of cyber fraud, thinking that by providing a bank account to assist criminal groups in committing crimes, all losses could be recovered.

The Chief Inspector of the Cyber ​​Intelligence Section of the Cyber ​​Security and Technology Crime Investigation Bureau, Zhang Weihao, pointed out that the fraud group posted job advertisements on social platforms to attract victims in the name of "quick money", and then instructed them to "check orders" on different online platforms, claiming to To increase seller sales through shopping, the group promises to return the principal and provide 5% to 12% commission after the transaction is completed.

Secondly, the scammers asked the victims not to make payments on online platforms, and to deposit relevant funds directly into bank accounts and virtual bank accounts controlled by the group.

When the victim deposits money into the account, the scammer will lose contact and the victim will not receive any money.

The Chief Inspector of the New Territories South Region Crime Squad, Zhou Zixuan, said that as of yesterday (8th), detectives launched arrest operations in multiple districts in Hong Kong, Kowloon and New Territories, and arrested 5 men and 1 woman on charges of conspiracy to defraud.

Two of the men were key members of the group. They were suspected of being involved in 68 job-hunting scams in Hong Kong from September last year to March this year, involving as much as HK$7.58 million and as many as 68 victims.

The six arrested men and women were aged between 18 and 69. They reported that they were businessmen, waiters, engineering maintenance workers, laundromats employees and retired persons. There was also an 18-year-old first-year college student.

During the operation, the police seized 6 computers, 7 routers, 210,000 yuan in cash and 48 bank cards and other exhibits.

The arrested person is being detained for investigation, and the police cannot rule out another arrest.

The victim turned into a key member of the fraud group to be accounted for earning commissions and losing public funds

The police revealed that one of the arrested 22-year-old man surnamed Mai was a key member, involved in nearly 38 cases and involved about 3.78 million yuan.

Mai claimed to be a victim of online fraud, thinking that by assisting the group, he could recover all the losses.

He opened a number of traditional and virtual bank accounts within a short period of time to provide the group to collect fraudulent funds; another 57-year-old male member surnamed Yan, operated an online unlicensed renminbi exchange service, through online remittances. Ten thousand scams to the mainland account.

The remaining arrested persons have lent their personal bank accounts to assist the group in exchange for remuneration.

Among the 68 fraud cases, 67 of them ranged from RMB 1,600 to RMB 400,000.

The victim of another case was a 28-year-old female accountant. She earned commissions for a large number of "swiping orders" and ran out of nearly 2 million yuan in public funds from her "legal business company."

The victim was arrested by the police for theft in December of last year. She has been released on bail pending further investigation and must report to the police in mid-March.

According to the police, 236 online job hunting scams were recorded last year, a sharp increase of more than 3.5 times compared with the 66 recorded in 2019.

(Photo by Feng Guoliang)

Scammers use the economic downturn to "make quick money easily" and lead people into a trap

The police have noticed that there has been an upward trend in online job hunting scams recently. There were 236 related scams recorded in 2020, which is about 3.5 times the number in 2019 (66 cases).

In January this year alone, the police recorded 54 online job hunting scams.

Recently, some scammers, taking advantage of the economic downturn and the mentality of some people wanting to make extra money, published the "Easy Make Quick Money" propaganda on the Internet, causing the victims to fall into the trap.



The police appealed to citizens not to "hurry up with money" and fall into scams by mistake. Job seekers should stay vigilant.

In addition, anyone who commits "conspiracy to defraud" can be sentenced to up to 14 years in prison upon conviction.

If the account holder handles the proceeds of crime through his personal account and lends his account to process the proceeds of crime, he will commit the crime of “money laundering” in Article 25 of the Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 14 years’ imprisonment and A fine of 5 million Hong Kong dollars was imposed.

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