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2 immigration officers among 5 people arrested over fake ‘LeaveHomeSafe’ app

02 November 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap 

The 5 allegedly tried to enter Immigration Tower using the fake app

Police are investigating the alleged use by five people of a fake "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile application in entering Immigration Tower yesterday, Nov 1, the first day of the mandatory use of the app in getting into government venues.

According to a press statement on the government website, among those arrested were two immigration officers, a staff at the Audit Commission, and two contractors.

They had allegedly tried to use a fake version of the government app called “BackHomeSafe,” but were denied entry to the Immigration Tower and were arrested by the police after a report was made.

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Both the Immigration Department and the Audit Commission have said that their arrested staff members have been suspended from duty and are currently being investigated by the police.

Both government agencies said they attach great importance to staff conduct, and anyone found to be involved in unlawful acts or misconduct will be dealt with in accordance with the law and established procedures.

At a press conference earlier today, the police said they had already taken down the website offering the fake app. But they are still looking for whoever created it.


They also warned that anyone urging people to use it could find themselves in trouble.

The police said the fake app has a different background color and font size than the genuine version.

It is not clear how the five who had tried to use it to enter Immigration Tower were found out.

Not a few people have shown aversion to using the LeaveHomeSafe app, which tracks those who have been to certain public venues for contact tracing purposes.


However, those who are suspicious of its other applications fear the details collected in the app could be used to track their every movement.

From yesterday, all those who enter government buildings, including hospitals, courts and even indoor wet markets were required to use the app. The only ones exempted are those aged 65 and above or 12 below, or those with handicap that prevent them using the app.

Even indoor wet markets require visitors to use the app when entering their premises

Meanwhile, two additional confirmed cases of Covid-19 were reported today, involving two returnees who were both found to carry the highly infectious L452R mutant strain of the coronavirus.

One is a 29-year-old man who came from Manila on Oct 29 aboard 5J272, and tested positive on his third day of quarantine at Best Western Hotel in Sai Ying Pun.


The other is a 37-year-old woman who had been to Spain, Greece, Portugal and Turkey before arriving in Hong Kong on Oct 31 aboard TK083. She tested positive on her arrival test.

They took Hong Kong’s total confirmed cases to 12,349.

Meanwhile, the Centre for Health Protection issued a compulsory testing notice for five premises in Hong Kong, where a preliminary positive imported case with the mutant strain had been to during the incubation period.

Placed under CTN are Block 21 of Baguio Villa in Pokfulam where the patient lived, as well as four places he had visited: the Hong Kong Football Club in Happy Valley, Lobster Bar and Grill at Island ShangriLa in Admiralty, Ye Shanghai Restaurant at Pacific Place, and The Wing lounge at Hong Kong International Airport.

Everyone who had been to these places at specified dates and times should get tested by Thursday, Nov. 4.

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