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HK Police holds webinar this Sunday to educate Filipinos on scams

19 March 2021

By The SUN 

Police handout in Filipino warning against suspicious online sales

An increasing number of Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong are falling prey to online scammers, such that the city’s police force is holding a webinar this Sunday in English and Filipino to educate OFWs on avoiding various scams on social media.

The Consulate announced yesterday the upcoming webinar by the Hong Kong Police Force, which sought the PCG’s help in inviting the Filipino community to the webinar.

Pindutin para sa detalye

The announcement said that the police webinar aims “to promote and prevent deception cases that victimize foreign domestic workers.”

“The Consulate welcomes this program in light of the upsurge in the number of Filipinos falling prey to online deception/scam in Hong Kong,” the announcement said.

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The webinar will be broadcast simultaneously from 12noon to 1:15pm through Facebook Live on:

·          RCPO HKI, the official account of the Regional Crime Prevention Office – Hong Kong Island and  

·          PHLinHK, the official account of the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong


The most likely topics are online purchase scams, in which people unwittingly give away their credit card information, thus opening their credit card accounts to theft by the scammers; remittance scams; online investment scams, and love scams.

The PCG also posted two police leaflets in Filipino and English advising the public on how to deal with two common scams that have victimized Filipinos in Hong Kong.

Pindutin para sa detalye

To avoid online purchase scams:

-        Don’t easily disclose credit card information

-        Don’t be tempted by special deals


-        Conduct the transaction in person if safety is assured, and

-        Stop suspicious transactions.

Basic rules that one must remember to avoid online scams

To avoid remittance scams:

-        Change passwords regularly

-        Don’t easily trust strangers that you have met on social platforms


-        Don’t disclose your password to strangers

-        Verify the identity of the sender by phone or through another way when it involves a money transaction.

Police crime statistics show an alarming increase in the number of fraudulent crimes committed during the pandemic.

In 2020 there were 15,553 deception cases last year, nearly double the 8,216 cases in 2019 and almost three times the 5,652 cases in 2010.

Deception was second only to all thefts, of which there were 20,314 cases last year.




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