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Man attempts MTR track suicide after becoming indebted to online scammer

A 25-year-old man remains in critical condition after jumping onto the tracks at MTR Tai Wo Station last night in what is believed to be a suicide attempt after being swindled out of money by an online scammer.
The university student named Ho sustained injuries to his head and right leg after he jumped onto the tracks at about 7.40 pm and was hit by the moving train before becoming trapped beneath it.

He was rushed to Prince of Wales Hospital in critical condition.

Police found a suicide note at the scene, and a preliminary investigation revealed Ho had been conned on a social networking app.

Sources said Ho could not repay the debts, and the stress might have led to his suicide attempt.

The service of the East Rail Line was once suspended and resumed at 8.30 pm.

In a separate incident, an 11-year-old boy was also defrauded on a social networking app by being blackmailed with indecent clips and photos of himself.

Police said the boy was recently lured into a nude chat, with his mother receiving some of the indecent images taken by the scammer, asking for HK$10,000.

It is unknown whether the mother paid the ransom.

Officers recommended that parents explain more about online pitfalls to their children and remind them not to be naked in front of the camera, click on suspicious links, or download programs from unknown sources. When children encounter unreasonable demands when making friends online, they should ask their parents or teachers for help.


If you or someone you know has suicidal thoughts, help is available. Dial 2896 0000 for The Samaritans or 2382 2007 for Suicide Prevention Services.

You can also call Suicide Prevention Services at 2382 0000 or CEASE Crisis Centre of Tung Wah Groups of Hospitals at 18281.
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