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RSN™ SCAM NEWS: Online Romance Scam Record Loses US$23 Million To ‘British Engineer’
Online romance scam record for Hong Kong as Wan Chai businesswoman loses US$23 million to ‘British engineer’
Victim transferred money to a con artist overseas in a series of transactions over four years
A 66-year-old businesswoman has become Hong Kong’s biggest victim of an online romance scam after being duped out of HK$180 million (US$23 million) over four years by an “engineer from Britain”.
The money she lost was nearly seven times the previous HK$26.4 million record for a single ruse, which was swindled out of a public housing tenant over a period of 18 months.
The latest case came to light after the Wan Chai woman had a conversation with her family and realized she was being duped. She contacted police last month.
A con artist posing as an overseas engineer befriended her on online platform Lovestruck in April 2014, and the pair established a relationship, according to a law enforcement source.
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