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Beware of Email Scam

Apart from causing annoyance to recipients, unsolicited emails can also be deceptive and deliberately fraudulent in nature, leading to infection by viruses, identity theft, or even financial loss if instructions described in the messages are followed. Such fraudulent messages are called "scam emails".

In cases of email scam, the fraudsters hacked into the victim's email account, checked the victim’s business correspondence with business partners. They sent an email to the victim using the same or similar email account of his business partner and claimed that the payment bank account had been changed who further requested the victim to deposit the payment for goods into the fraudster’s designated bank account. Some victims have suffered significant amount of losses in some cases.

  • If you receive any suspicious emails, you should confirm the identity of the purported business partners or the authenticity of the requests by telephone, facsimile or other means before remittance so as to prevent from being deceived.

  • The Hong Kong Police Force also provides some advice for avoiding the traps set by these fraudulent emails.

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