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Romance scammers cheat for money and more

Romance scammers cheat for money and more
Defrauding Tricks
The scammers make acquaintance with victims online. Once they have gained the latter’s trust, they will ask to borrow the victims’ accounts for allegedly lawful purposes using various pretexts. In fact, the scammers are making use of the victims’ accounts to collect illicit moneys and lure the victims into withdrawing the money for them.
The act of lending one’s account to others for unlawful purposes might have constituted the offence of "Dealing with property known or believed to represent proceeds of indictable offence" (money laundering) which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years' imprisonment and a fine of HK$5 million. The police appeal to the public not to open bank accounts for or lend their own accounts to others lest they would breach the law on money laundering.
Our Advice
  • Don’t lend your bank accounts to others.
  • Don’t disclose details of your bank accounts to others.
  • Remind your relatives and friends the risk of scams.
  • If in doubt, please call the Anti-Scam Helpline 18222 immediately.