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More muscle against cross-border fraud

Fraud fighters: ACP C Peter Yam and the seminar participants

The Force held a seminar with Mainland authorities to boost cross-border co-operation in fighting letter of credit fraud.

Senior officers from the Force and the Ministry of Public Security's Economic Crime Investigation Department participated in the seminar held October 24 to 30 at the Liquor Licensing Board Chambers in Edinburgh Place. Commissioner Eddie Hui Ki-on joined Department Director Hu Anfu to open the seminar.

Mr Hui said: "The years before and after Hong Kong's reunification with the Mainland saw a rapid surge in business activities between the two parties. Criminals took advantage of this to engage in cross-border fraud, especially cases involving letters of credit."

Mr Hu said: "Being an international free port close to the Mainland, Hong Kong has an intricate relationship with it which is prone to financial crime during business transactions."

Commercial Crime Bureau Chief Superintendent Victor Lo Yik-kee said the seminar, organised by the Bureau and the Department, had 20 supervisory officers from 10 provinces in attendance, along with eight CCB Chief Inspectors and 12 team leaders from four Regional Crime Units.

Topics included an introduction to the structure of the Police and Public Security agencies, the status and trends of such frauds on either side of the border, credit card fraud and computer crime in Hong Kong along with its legislative procedures, court structure and proceedings, and investigation co-operation between the two sides.

The Mainland delegates visited North Point Police Station, the Identification Bureau, the Legislative Council and the High Court, before Assistant Commissioner (Crime) Peter Yam Tat-wing and the Director of the Ministry's Anti-Financial Fraud Crimes Division, Liu Dong, delivered closing speeches.

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