Woman loses HK$6 million in love scam

Local | 4 Jul 2020 4:08 pm

A woman has been coaxed into paying almost HK$6 million to a man whom she developed romantic ties with after getting in touch through a cold call.

Police are hunting for the 60-year-old man who allegedly scammed HK$5.9 million from the 70-year-old retiree, who lives in Rhythm Garden in San Po Kong.

The alleged victim had first rejected offers of a low-interest loan from the suspect who called her last June, but she was later cajoled into investing HK$3 million on a construction project with promised HK$20,000 monthly returns.

Police said the woman borrowed HK$1.5 million from a loan company to make the payment.

The two started a romantic relationship in September last year, three months after the man handed the woman HK$120,000 of supposed profit.

Mok Tsz-wai, chief inspector of Wong Tai Sin police district, said the suspect even proposed with a diamon ring and asked for more money from the retiree for a variety of reasons, such as for their wedding and for legal expenses, over the next three months.

The woman was eventually swindled out of HK$5.9 million, even selling off some of her assets, before the man disappeared in March.

Mok said the suspect had never taken a picture with the woman and all their transactions were made on cash.

The woman decided to call officers for help on Thursday.

Mok slammed the suspect for exploiting the victim's loneliness and using a “new” way to cunningly wheedle the victim into paying him.

Officers arrested a 60-year-old man who had rented out a commercial apartment in Kwun Tong where the prime suspect had taken the alleged victim to last night in a flat of Hung Ngok House in Choi Hung Estate.

The jobless man only attained primary school education level and has previous criminal records. Officers said he was a taxi driver but his driving license was disqualified after being deducted marks for several offenses.

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