Elderly woman loses HK$1.1m to 'foreign' online conman

Local | 14 Mar 2019 6:22 pm

Police say a 65-year-old woman has been swindled out of HK$1.15 million in an online scam, RTHK reported.

The woman said she met a foreign man on the internet, who claimed he had mailed some gifts to Hong Kong, and asked the victim to deposit the money into several local bank accounts to pay for customs clearance.

But after the woman made the deposits between March and December last year, she could no longer get in touch with the man. She then made a report to the police.

A 53-year-old local woman was arrested in connection with the case in January this year, but officers did not give details of her role.

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