“Pretend Mainland Official” Telephone Deception Spreading Overseas

Since early 2018, telephone deception has been spreading to overseas Chinese communities. Please remind your relatives and friends residing overseas to stay alert.

Modus Operandi

Since January 2018, the Anti-Deception Coordination Centre (ADCC) have received numerous calls for assistance from overseas Chinese residing in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand etc. Swindlers impersonating Mainland government officials (such as officers of Public Security Bureau, Consulate and Customs etc) entice victims to remit money to bank accounts in Hong Kong, using various fake pretences.

Actions taken

ADCC have successfully intercepted the transfer of money in multiple deception cases. One of the cases occurred in late May 2018, where an overseas Chinese suspected that he had been conned and sought assistance from ADCC. He came to Hong Kong to report to the Police and ADCC subsequently successfully stopped the transfer of AUD112,000 (~HKD660,000) to swindlers.

Our Advice

  • Concerned department in Mainland have confirmed that they would not request anyone to make a bank transfer or disclose the bank account password in order to prove their innocence.
  • If in doubt, please call the Police’s 24-hour “Anti-Scam Helpline (+852) 18222”.