Blank cheques pretend to be instant transfers


From March to June last year, the police received reports from three money changers in Tsuen Wan and Sheung Shui, stating that a customer requested to send money to a bank account in the Mainland, and at the same time claimed to have made a bank transfer and deposit the amount to be remitted. Enter the designated account of the money changer. However, after the money changer requested the customer to remit the money, it was discovered that the money deposited had not been cashed, and it was suspected of being deceived. The amount involved was more than 2.5 million Hong Kong dollars. The case was referred to the Police Commercial Crime Investigation Division for follow-up.

Senior Inspector of the Commercial Crime Investigation Bureau, Zhuang Zicheng, said that after in-depth investigation and intelligence analysis, it was found that the fraudulent group would deposit some invalid cheques into the designated account of the money changer through the bank ticket machine, and then forge the receipt and transfer the account by cheque. The deposit is modified to an instant transfer, and then sent to the money changer, so that the shop believes that the payment has been received immediately, so that the remittance will not be fraudulent. During the police investigation, it was also discovered that members of the fraud syndicate would use the fraudulent money to buy gold jewelry in an attempt to intercept the police's tracing of the flow of stolen money.

After obtaining the evidence, the police launched an arrest operation today (3rd). Four unemployed men (aged 33 to 74) were arrested in Mong Kok, Tuen Mun, Tin Shui Wai and Sha Tin districts on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and handling of goods. They are currently being detained The investigation and the operation are continuing, and it is not ruled out that more people have been arrested.

The police urge citizens and merchants to be careful about the authenticity of the transfer bill when conducting check transactions. When bank transfers are involved, they can actively verify with the bank whether the transaction is complete. If citizens suspect that they have been deceived, they can call the fraud prevention hotline for enquiries.

Source: ON.CC