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Pretending to be a Model female netizen and money changer staff even men and men arrested for $2 million 6 men and women

2021-10-28T13:50:06.478Z

A man earlier met a female netizen who claimed to be a model through a dating app. The other party claimed that he was stranded in Japan due to the epidemic and was in urgent need of air tickets and quarantine hotels. The male victim was not afraid of fraudulent remittances of about 750,000 yuan. Scam set



A man earlier met a female netizen who claimed to be a model through a dating app. The other party claimed that he was stranded in Japan due to the epidemic and was in urgent need of air tickets and quarantine hotels. The male victim was not afraid of fraudulent remittances of about 750,000 yuan.

However, the scam group knows the essence of it, and even pretends to be a money changer clerk to contact the male victim and claim that he can recover the fraudulent funds on his behalf. As a result, the male victim was defrauded of more than 1.2 million.

After investigation, the police detained 6 men and women on suspicion of obtaining property by deception.


The police received a report from a local man who claimed to have met a woman who claimed to be a model in the dating app Omi in early February this year. The other party claimed that she was stranded in Japan due to the epidemic and urgently needed money to buy air tickets to leave.

The male victim was not afraid of fraud, and sent a total of HK$750,000 to multiple designated local bank accounts for air tickets and quarantine hotel expenses. However, the scammer lost contact after receiving the payment.

The male victim later received a text message from a staff who claimed to be a money changer, claiming that he could help him recover the lost money, but he needed to pay a deposit first.

The male victim eventually lost more than 2 million Hong Kong dollars in 3 months.

The criminal department of the airport police area took over the case. After investigation and analysis, they raided multiple locations throughout Hong Kong from Monday to today (28th) and arrested 4 men and 2 women suspected of obtaining property by deception, aged 26 to 43.

The police alleged that relevant bank documents, ATM cards, mobile phones and other exhibits were seized during the operation. The investigation is still ongoing, and it is not ruled out that more people have been arrested.

The police remind members of the public that according to section 17 of the Theft Ordinance, Chapter 210 of the Laws of Hong Kong, “Acquiring property by deception” can be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment upon conviction.

In addition, if the account is used for criminal proceeds or other illegal purposes, the account holder may also be held criminally liable.

According to section 25 of the Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance, Chapter 455 of the Laws of Hong Kong, "Disposal of property known or believed to represent the proceeds of an indictable crime" (commonly known as money laundering), upon conviction, the maximum penalty is fine 5 million and imprisonment for 14 years.

The police also urged citizens to be cautious and vigilant when meeting friends online, and do not blindly believe the sweet words of netizens, especially when citizens are required to pay money, they need to be more vigilant to avoid falling into scams. If in doubt, please Call the police 24-hour hotline 18222 for enquiries or call the police for help.

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Source: hk1

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