Beware of “Online Romance Scam x Bogus Law Enforcement Authority” Reloading Scam

Modus Operandi

Recently, overseas residents reported to officers of the “Anti-Scam Helpline 18222” that fraudsters had been using social media to approach and develop love relationships with victims.  They would request the victims to make money transfers with different pretexts.  When the victims felt suspicious, other fraudsters would show up and claim themselves as officers of the Hong Kong Police Force or the Anti-Deception Coordination Centre.  Purporting that the Hong Kong Police had intercepted the money transferred, the fraudsters would request the victims to pay caution money or handling fees in order to take the money back.

Our Advice

  • Officers of the Hong Kong Police Force, Anti-Deception Coordination Centre and other judiciaries would never request a member of the public to make any money transfer or to pay any caution money. Be cautious and protect yourself from scams when making friends on the Internet.
  • Don’t disclose personal information and photos on the Internet casually.  Don’t be credulous to online strangers who request for your money with whatever reasons.  Do verify their identities.
  • Do not transfer money to strangers’ bank accounts.
  • Alert your relatives and friends regarding the scams.
  • If in doubt, please call the Anti-Scam Helpline 18222.