The supply of parking spaces in Hong Kong is tight, and some scammers, taking into account the situation of "one is hard to find", falsely claimed to rent out parking spaces in private housing estates in Tseung Kwan O on social media, and provided photos of the parking spaces and forged documents from the Land Registry Office, intending to cast a net to cheat. After receiving a private message from a citizen, they made an appointment to meet and collected a year's rent by online transfer on the spot. The victim ended up "losing both money and position", with a loss of 465,000 yuan.
After receiving reports from 10 people, the police dispatched officers to "release the snake" and successfully "led the snake out of the hole" to arrest one person and seize more than 8 million yuan in property, including Rolex watches. Preliminary belief is that there are more victims who have not yet reported the crime. The scammers wantonly bought valuables for laundering black money.
The arrested 40-year-old man surnamed Wu reported being unemployed and was arrested on suspicion of three crimes of "obtaining property by deception", "forgery of documents" and "money laundering".
It is understood that the most valuable evidence in the case is a number of Rolex watches, each with an average value of 400,000 to 500,000 yuan. The computer of the arrested man has a large number of virtual currency transaction records. , does not rule out that the case involves more victims.
Inspector Luo Junjie, head of the technology crime team of the Tseung Kwan O Police District, explained the case. From the 17th of last month to the 13th of this month, the police received a number of reports, saying that at the end of last year, they saw someone claiming to rent out a parking space in a private housing estate in Tseung Kwan O on social media. The photo of the parking space, the victim contacted and understood that the scammer provided forged documents from the Land Registry Office and related documents. After successfully gaining trust, the victim was required to meet in person at the club or restaurant and sign a contract, and pay the one-year rent on the spot in the form of online transfer , remittance to the scammer’s personal account, the scammer disappeared after completing the transaction, the victim saw the scammer renting the same batch of parking spaces to multiple people at the same time on the social platform, both for the same contract period, suspected of being cheated and reported to the police, temporarily 10 victims, a total loss of 465,000 yuan, the largest loss amounted to 60,000 yuan.
Inspector Law Kwan-kit, Head of Technology Crime Unit of Tseung Kwan O Police District, explained the case.
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After an in-depth investigation, the Science and Technology Crime Team of the Tseung Kwan O Police District identified the identity of the scammer, sent officers to pretend to be tenants, and met with the scammer. A man involved in the case was arrested in Tseung Kwan O District, and multiple computers and mobile phones, 13 Watches worth 7 million yuan, jewelry and handbags worth 1 million yuan, sneakers with a market value of 60,000 yuan, and cash worth 70,000 yuan. The police found evidence such as forged documents involved in the case on the computer. It is believed that the property in the case was used for cleaning Proceeds of crime.
Luo Junjie pointed out that the fraud cases in Hong Kong recorded a 40% increase last year, and the technology crimes in the Tseung Kwan O district in the fourth quarter of last year increased by 32.2% compared with the third quarter, which shows that technology crimes have become the mainstream trend. Obtaining property by deception", "forging documents" and "money laundering" are all serious crimes. Once convicted, the maximum penalty is 14 years in prison. Citizens should not try their best. The police recently launched a mobile phone program "Anti-fraud Video Device", It helps citizens to beware of suspicious phone calls, emails and websites, and regularly distributes anti-fraud messages and trends of scams. Citizens are welcome to use it.