Fraud groups in Southeast Asia are increasingly rampant, enticing people from different countries or regions with high salaries to deceive locals to engage in online scams, prostitution and other jobs. It is even rumored that the deceived people have been deceived by organ harvesting and died in foreign countries.
In response to the inquiry, the Hong Kong Police Force has received 12 requests for help in the first eight months of this year, reporting that they were detained in other places due to scams such as accidental job hunting or online romance.
The Police will contact overseas law enforcement agencies through Interpol to assist in the investigation. The Police urge the public not to easily trust online job advertisements.
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The police said that since January this year, they have received 12 requests for help, reporting that they had been detained in other places because of scams such as job hunting or online romance.
When the police receive relevant reports, they will maintain close contact with overseas law enforcement agencies, and through the platform of Interpol, contact overseas law enforcement agencies to exchange information and assist in investigations.
The police appeal to the public not to easily believe online job advertisements or messages, and to be wary of the ways that claim to be able to make quick money, as well as positions that pay exceptionally well regardless of education or work experience.
Immigration receives 17 calls for help and rescues 12 people
In addition, the Immigration Department said that since January this year, the "Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Abroad Team" has received help from the family members of 17 Hong Kong residents, who are suspected of being lost in Thailand/Myanmar/Cambodia/Laos.
The team understands that 12 of the Hong Kong residents have left the area safely.
After receiving the relevant assistance, the team immediately assisted the applicant to report the case to the local police according to his wishes, and also reminded the applicant to report the case to the Hong Kong Police Force.
The team will continue to maintain close contact with the families of the remaining five parties, the Hong Kong Police Force, the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong, and the Chinese embassy/consulate-general in the local area and follow up on the case.
If Hong Kong residents abroad need assistance, they may call the 24-hour helpline of the "Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit" of the Immigration Department at (852) 1868, or use the "Immigration Department Mobile Application" to call the 1868 hotline or use the Internet Get help on the help form.
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