‘Famous painting’ street extortion scam returns to Kwun Tong
Scammers demand compensation when pedestrians step on their "valuable" works of art
A street scam dubbed “the famous painting con” is reported to be back in the Kwun Tong area of Hong Kong’s Kowloon district.
A netizen surnamed Chong posted a photo on the Facebook group ‘Kwun Tong Locals’ on Tuesday showing a man placing a painting on the ground in Yuet Wah Street. According to Headline Daily, it is alleged that anyone who steps on it is told that they have damaged a valuable work of art.
As part of the scam, anyone who refuses to fork out compensation is surrounded by other members of the operation and intimidated.
Chong urged pedestrians to be wary of the “famous painting con,” which first appeared in Hong Kong back in 2014.
Chong added that he had encountered the same kind of scam on Kwun Tong’s Hoi Yuen Road six months. He said scammers had tried to make an old man pay up before some passers-by intervened.
The photo sparked heated discussion on social media. Many netizens said they seen the scam in other districts including Central, Wan Chai Kowloon Bay and Mong Kok.
They urged people to be wary and inform the police if they stumbled on any scammers.