Desperate Hong Kong job-hunters ‘easy prey’ for scammers, lose HK$6.4 million in first two months of year

Mar 31, 2021 | INVESTING

The number of eager Hong Kong job-hunters falling prey to scams rose fourfold in the first two months of this year, with victims losing HK$6.4 million (US$823,000) to con artists amid the highest jobless rate in 17 years. In addition to stealing victims’ personal data to apply for loans, police have also warned of so-called brushing scams, which trick victims into placing orders on phoney shopping apps to boost a seller’s rating and business volume. Promised a full refund of the money they used…

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