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Monday, Oct 25, 2021

Three men arrested for phone scams involving HK$1.35m targeting at elders

Three men were arrested in To Kwa Wan on Monday, suspected of their involvement of phone scams targeting at elderly with over HK$1.35 million involved.
The police said that officers received 13 reports on telephone scams from July 6 to 28. The fraudsters gained the trust of elderly by pretending to be the children of the elderly on the phone or the friends of their children.

They claimed that they were “arrested”, “detained” or “receiving hospitalization”, and asked the elderly for money.

As the elders fell into their traps, the fraudsters would then instruct them to arrive at designated venues with the cash, where no security camera would capture the transaction.

Police targeted two men after investigation and initiated an operation in a park in To Kwa Wan yesterday. Officers found the two men were dealing with another suspicious man, who was retrieving money from a 78-year-old woman at the time. Officers immediately intercepted and arrested the three men.

The three jobless men, aged from 25 to 32, were arrested for obtaining property by deception. Officers recovered the HK$80,000 cash which belongs to the old woman, and confiscated a number of smartphones.

The phone scams involved at least 14 victims, aged from 71 to 88, and as much as HK$1.35 million.

In one case, an elder was conned of HK$200,000 after sending money to the fraudster, who pretended to be the elder's son and claimed he needed the money for bail.

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