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Safe e-banking and e-shopping

Internet banking and e-shopping are very common nowadays. Both are easy and convenient. However, you must take extra precautions to avoid the risk of identity theft and disclosure of your bank details and personal information.

Risks associated with e-banking & e-shopping

Beware of the risks from phishing and identity theft. Phishing is an attempt to trick you into disclosing your password and personal details online by means of fraudulent emails and fake websites. Identity theft involves stealing or hijacking the Internet identity of another person for the purposes of illegal use of Internet service, or to impersonate someone in order to commit other crimes.


Criminals try a variety of techniques to collect your information. Legitimate shops, banks and financial institutions rarely ask for password or personal information via email. If you receive an email that asks for such information, or requests you follow a link where you are required use your login information, you should be careful. Such emails are very likely phishing messages.

Click here to learn how to protect yourself from phishing.

Identity Theft

It is hard to separate Internet sales and criminal activity. Cases of fraud are constantly being reported to the Hong Kong Police.

Click here  to learn how to recognise Internet fraud when you are e-shopping.

Preventive Measures

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