[Be Aware of Telephone Deceptions/Scams]
By LI Yanan, Nana (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall)
Image: Hong Kong Police Force
Have you ever received a call from people who claimed to be couriers and made up reasons to ask for your personal information? Have you fallen into traps? According to official statistics, between January and July 2015, the Police has received more than 2000 cases of telephone deceptions, while the fraudsters succeeded in deceiving victims in 378 cases. Fraudsters usually pretend to be couriers, mainland public officials, or even the victims’ relatives, friends as well as colleagues.
If you come across such cases, please verify the identity of the caller first. Do not release any personal information including names, ID numbers, bank accounts and passwords to strangers. Meanwhile, please remind the elders not to readily believe calls from strangers. If necessary, please call the Police immediately.
In addition, sometimes bad habits add the risk of telephone deception. Please remember to log out from computers and do not leave phone numbers in public areas including white boards in the common room.
Source website: http://www.police.gov.hk/ppp_en/04_crime_matters/ccb/cct_09.html
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