Online shopping scams continued to rise, with 4,872 cases up by more than 1% year-on-year in the first half of this year, and losses up 6.9 times to $400 million. Police pointed out that <>% of online shopping scams in the past month involved Facebook and <>% occurred in Carousell.


In recent years, many Hong Kong people have run online stores selling brand-name bags, watches, electronic products, etc., and some criminal groups have pretended to be buyers, using the method of "bouncing tickets and uh to find money" to pay cheques with a larger silver code than the payment of goods, and then defrauded the online stores of money under the pretext of asking the online stores to find money.


Superintendent Chan Chun-ching of the Cyber Security Unit of the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau pointed out that while the Police were still saying at the end of last year that there was one deception case every 20 minutes, it had accelerated to one deception case every 14 minutes in the first half of this year.


Superintendent Chan Chun-ching (2nd from right) of the Cyber Security Unit of the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau pointed out that while the Police were still saying at the end of last year that there was a deception case every 20 minutes, it had accelerated to one deception case every 14 minutes in the first half of this year. (Photo provided by the police)

In the first half of this year, the Police recorded 15,637 technology crimes, accounting for 36% of the total crime, a spike of nearly 10% from 613,20 cases in the same period last year, and a loss of nearly 3% to MOP75.<> billion, of which nearly <>% were online fraud cases and nearly <>% of the total fraud cases.

Sixty percent of scams happen on Facebook

Among the technology crimes, online shopping scams accounted for the largest number of cases, an increase of 4% year-on-year, and the loss rose by 872.23 times from $3 million to $600 million, with the youngest age being only 9 years old and the oldest being 400 years old.

Police pointed out that the vast majority of online shopping scams occurred on social platforms and trading platforms, with the latest month showing that 5% occurred on Facebook, 4% in Carousell, <>% on WhatsApp and <>% on Instagram. It mainly involves concert and theme park tickets, hotel and other catering services, expensive brand-name watches, handbags and online game accounts, furniture and electrical appliances, etc.

"Fraudsters will talk to victims about how much money they have to pay back."

Since 201, the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau has conducted eight "Iron General" operations in conjunction with various Regions, detecting about 3900,2676 online shopping scams, involving $527.7 million, arresting 18 persons, including 50 suspects, including 34 men and 16 females, aged between 15 and 52, on suspicion of "obtaining property by fraud" and "money laundering", and detected 266 cases with a loss of $350.<> million.

Chief Inspector of the Cyber Intelligence Unit of the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau said that during the operation, the CSTCB broke up a criminal syndicate, specially posing as a buyer to meet the seller of the online store to deliver designer handbags, watches, electronic products, etc., and defrauded the money through "popping tickets" and "finding money" methods when paying.

Police anti-deception tips


When shopping online:

・ You should patronize reputable sellers and try to choose face-to-face settlement

・ Whenever possible, purchase goods through official sales channels

・Before making a payment, you should search for the seller's phone number, receiving account number, page name, etc., and pay attention to negative reviews

・ Beware of receiving FPS transfers to personal accounts. Although FPS is a real-name registration, it does not mean zero risk, because in addition to Hong Kong Identity Card, some overseas ID cards or passports can also register FPS accounts. If you are unfortunate enough to be deceived, there is no guarantee that you will recover your losses

・ Buyers can also enter the seller's phone number, receiving account number, page name, etc. in the "Anti-Scam Watch" or "Anti-Scam App" on the website (CyberDefender.hk) before payment to assess the risk of fraud

・ You can also pay attention to the social platform page of Internet Guardians, which will announce the high-risk ranking of online shopping every week. The list also lists the new scam pages of the past week to help the public identify fraud traps

When selling online:

・ It should be noted that the update of the bank's "Account Balance" amount does not indicate a successful amount, and the successful receipt should be reflected in the "Available Balance"

Both trading and selling:

・ If there is any suspicion, you should terminate the transaction immediately or call 18222 for inquiries

・ If you suspect that you have been deceived, you should save relevant information or records and call the police for help as soon as possible

In the first half of the year, 4672,14 online shopping fraud cases rose by 2023% Bullet tickets plus money-finding parties haunted Every 4 minutes, there were fraud cases, 3,35 crimes in the first half of 27, an increase of 260% Fraud cases lost 5.1 billion yuan The National Security Law detained 5 people, and 16,101 fraud cases lost <>.<> billion yuan in the first five months Wu Zhongheng compiled anti-deception songs to remind the public that there is no free fraud in Hong Kong, and fraud cases continue to rise Siu Chak-yee pointed out that the telephone of mainland officials can be answered: I guarantee that <>% of them are fraud cases