Maritime Square in Tsing Yi Island Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Maritime Square in Tsing Yi Island Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Indonesian man arrested in Hong Kong phone scam

He claimed scammers had tricked him and he was helping them so he could get his money back.

March 15, 2017 8:03 AM (UTC+8)

A 26-year-old Indonesian man was arrested Sunday for extorting money from a 63-year-old woman in a telephone scam and he claimed that he was a victim of a previous scam.

The woman had lost HK$70,000 (US$9,010) in the scam on March 10 and he contacted her again for another HK$30,000, Ta Kung Pao reported.

The Indonesian, a Hong Kong identity card holder, met her in Maritime Square on Tsing Yi Island and was arrested by the police. He said he had been cheated by mainlanders over a telephone scam. He said he was told by the scammers that he could get back his own HK$30,000 if he helped them cheat others.

The police found HK$2,500 cash and remittance receipts at the man’s home in Tsuen Wan on Monday early morning, Oriental Daily reported.

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