Elderly Woman Loses HK$1 Million In Online Scam

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2019-03-14 HKT 17:39

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  • Police say the woman was asked to pay money to clear customs charges on gifts. File photo: RTHK

    Police say the woman was asked to pay money to clear customs charges on gifts. File photo: RTHK

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

The woman said she met a foreign man on the internet, who claimed he had mailed some gifts to Hong Kong, and asked her to deposit 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 alleged role.