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Hong Kong police to initiate anti-scam alerts

This follows the expansion of its scam intervention scheme.

Starting 2 January 2023, the Hong Kong Police Force will expand its Upstream Scam Intervention scheme to include sending SMS to potential scam victims providing alerts and advice.

The scheme was first launched in May 2023 in collaboration with 12 retail banks to prevent deception and mitigate losses suffered by scam victims.

The scheme identifies potential scam victims by analysing suspicious bank accounts.

Under the enhanced scheme, potential victims will be contacted via phone calls, police visits, or SMS, providing them with information to facilitate their verification and assessment.

The police reiterated that banks and officers will never request the disclosure of personal information or bank details and will not ask users to transfer funds to any accounts during such interactions.

The public is also encouraged to use the Scameter to check if the recipient bank accounts are associated with reported scams.

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