Beware of Telephone Deception by Pretending Legal Officials
Recently, the Police have received public enquires about incoming calls with a “+852” prefix. Callers, speaking in Putonghua, claim to be officers of the Hong Kong Police Force or other law enforcement agencies and ask victims to provide sensitive information such as personal banking account numbers and PIN codes, or request victims to meet at specific locations. During the calls, fraudsters are able to tell the names of the victims.
- Most incoming calls with a “+852” prefix are bogus calls originating from overseas. The Police and other government organisations would not make calls to the public using numbers with a “+852” prefix.
- If the callers claim themselves as officers of law enforcement agencies or government organisations and request for your personal particulars and assets under various pretexts, contact corresponding offices to verify the identity of the callers;
- Do not disclose your personal particulars to strangers, including your HKID numbers, bank account numbers, online banking accounts and PIN codes;
- Do not download any unknown applications, or input any information into unknown applications or websites;
- Remind your relatives and friends to stay alert against deception;
- If in doubt, call the Anti-Scam Helpline 18222 for advice.