Beware of the new email scams

Modus Operandi

Scammers use emails to blackmail email users for virtual currency. The fraudulent emails generally would:

  • Mention a password that you had used before;
  • Claim that your computer has been hacked/compromised; and
  • Threaten to release your information unless you pay virtual currency as ransom.

This is a scam, don't be trapped!

Police Advice

  • Do not pay the ransom but change the relevant passwords immediately.
  • Enhance password security and change your passwords regularly.
  • Install and update anti-virus/ anti-malware software regularly.
  • If in doubt, please call the “Anti-Scam Helpline 18222”, the 24-hour telephone hotline of the Hong Kong Police Force.