Other Types of Technology Crime

Social Networking Scam

  • When you meet new friends on the Internet, avoid telling them loads of your personal information such as family background and status of income;
  • When a friend or a relative requests for a remittance via email or short message service (SMS), you should verify the request with the person face to face and should not rely just on email or SMS as the means of communication.  Take special care when acquaintances request you to lend them money to go around;
  • Be cautious when you receive any email or SMS asking you for a remittance for redeeming a gift that someone sent you.  Do not readily believe until you have verified the fact in person or by other means.

“Naked Chat” Blackmail

  • When you make friends on the Internet, remember to adopt a prudent attitude to avoid falling into the traps set by culprits and thus incurring losses: “Don’t trust people in the cyber world; Be vigilant when meeting new friends”.  Anyone who blackmails on the Internet may have committed “Blackmail” and shall be liable on conviction to a maximum penalty of imprisonment for 14 years.

Online Employment Scam

  • Heighten your vigilance towards those ways that are claimed to be able to make quick cash.  Beware of those jobs that require barely any skills but offering good rewards;
  • The Internet is far-reaching with an anonymous nature.  Job seekers should never make their personal data public on the Internet or readily believe in recruitment advertisements or messages on the Internet;
  • Job seekers should have general knowledge of the company background, the business concerned, job nature and location of work before applying for a job;
  • Job seekers shall not attend interviews if they find the interviews or the working environment suspicious.  Job seekers should mind their own personal safety;
  • Be very alert when attending interviews.  If interviews are held in public areas, and the interviewers unreasonably require you to hand over your personal belongings such as mobile telephone, identity documents, bank cards or personal identification numbers (PINs), job seekers have to stay alert;
  • Never accept any job requiring you to take part in work involving illegal deeds or fraud; otherwise the job seekers might have committed “Fraud” (s.16A under Cap 210, Theft Ordinance) and shall be liable on conviction upon indictment to imprisonment for 14 years.

Crime Related to E-Banking

While using an Internet banking system, members of the public should note the following:

  • To avoid the computer from being infected with virus, do not heedlessly open unidentified emails and their attachments;
  • To prevent the computer from being infected with virus, ensure that effective anti-virus software is installed in the computer, and that the anti-virus software, firewall and virus definition file are regularly updated;
  • During an Internet banking session, if any suspicious web page appears, or the computer has exceptionally slow response, or its operation time is abnormally long (commonly known as the computer “hangs”), please stop proceeding with any operation immediately and contact the related bank by telephone for enquiry;
  • Generally speaking, when logging in Internet banking service, users are not required to input the digits shown on the computer screen into the security device for the generation of a one-time password.