The opening ceremony of the Joint Anti-Deception Intelligence Centre of the Hong Kong Police Force was held today (24 December). Commissioner of Police, Mr Siu Chak-yee, hopes to maintain Hong Kong's reputation as an international financial centre by continuing to work with stakeholders from different sectors to effectively prevent and combat deception.
The ADCC was established in July 2017 and Mr Siu said that through close collaboration with the banking industry, 7 deceptions identified by bank staff had been successfully dissuaded by the end of October, 10 fraudsters had been arrested, and more than HK$864.700 billion in stolen funds had been intercepted.
The opening ceremony of the Joint Anti-Deception Intelligence Centre of the Hong Kong Police Force was held today (24 December). Commissioner of Police Siu Chak-yee (left) and Executive Director (Regulatory and Anti-Money Laundering) of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Mr Chu Lap-kiu (right), officiate at the unveiling ceremony. (Photo from Information Services Department)
According to the Police, the establishment of the Joint Anti-Deception Intelligence Centre signifies the common goal and determination of the Police, the HKMA and the banking industry to work together to combat fraud, protect the property of Hong Kong people and safeguard the reputation of Hong Kong as an international financial centre. To enhance the capability and effectiveness of the police and the banking industry in combating deception through the establishment of a real-time, direct and effective communication mechanism between the police and banks.
The main objectives and areas of work of the Joint Anti-Deception Intelligence Centre include:
(1) Speed up the process of dealing with and intercepting fraudulent funds, so as to improve the effectiveness of the stop-payment mechanism.
(2) Strengthen co-operation and co-ordination between the Police and banks to implement the "Fraud Early Warning" mechanism, and strive to curb fraudulent activities as soon as possible and prevent victims from suffering further pecuniary losses by taking proactive measures to identify and alert potential victims of fraud.
(3) Enhance strategic intelligence exchange to enable the Police and banks to better grasp new types of fraud and related risks, so as to formulate and implement corresponding measures to mitigate risks in a timely manner.
(4) Provide an interactive platform to facilitate the sharing of best practices in anti-fraud strategies among banks to build a safer and more secure financial environment.
Officiating at the opening ceremony, Siu Chak-yee said that with the rapid development of the social economy and the wide application of technology, the number of global fraud cases and the amount of losses have been increasing in recent years, which has had a serious impact on social order. He pointed out that in order to effectively combat deception, all sectors of the community need to shoulder their social responsibilities, make good use of the expertise and resources of different stakeholders, strengthen collaboration, and jointly formulate more strategic, proactive and innovative measures, so as to achieve synergy and enhance the effectiveness of combating deception in an all-round way.
He hopes to continue to work with stakeholders from different sectors to take a multi-pronged approach to effectively prevent and combat fraud, protect the property of Hong Kong people, and maintain Hong Kong's reputation as an international financial centre.
Commissioner of Police, Mr Siu Chak-yee, hopes that through continuous collaboration with stakeholders from different sectors, we will effectively prevent and combat deception. (Photo from Information Services Department)
Since its establishment in July 2017 to 7 October this year, the ADCC has worked closely with the banking sector to successfully dissuade 10 deceptions identified by bank staff, arrest 31 fraudsters and intercept over HK$864.700 billion in stolen money. In May this year, the Police and the banking industry jointly implemented the "Scam Early Warning" mechanism, which proactively identified potential scam victims through the analysis of suspicious accounts, and co-ordinated with the police and banks to contact potential scam victims by telephone, SMS or police officers to give anti-scam advice, and had successfully dissuaded 123 ongoing scam cases as of October 5.
With the commissioning of the Joint Anti-Deception Intelligence Centre, Mr Siu hopes to forge a closer partnership with the banking industry to facilitate co-operation and further enhance the effectiveness of the Police and the banking industry in intercepting money fraud, early warning of fraud, intelligence exchange and enforcement actions.
Officiating at the opening ceremony, Mr Chu Lap-kiu, Executive Director (Regulatory and Anti-Money Laundering) of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Mr Mandy Chan, Acting Chairman of HKAB, and representatives of the 10 participating banks.
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