I pretended to sign in to his account and sent him a mocked-up failed log-in slip, saying “wrong password”. I pretended to try again, this time sending him a fake failed transaction slip, demanding “non-resident tax certification”. I was instructed to wire the sum to Dr John’s UK “tax agent”, a named woman with a London bank account. Scammers accumulate accounts around the globe; it’s how they get money out. Sending the money to me doesn’t solve any problem … When Wong heard Dr John’s voice, he laughed: “Swedish? Definitely West African.” I pretended my bank queried the UK transfer, asking about my relationship with the recipient. They’re recruited by ads you see in your spam bin, saying “work from home and earn HK,000”. Money should be sent to where it’s useful.” I was to tell my bank it was a personal transaction. Being a truthful person, I had said I didn’t know her; I was doing it for a friend.
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Guys posing as widowed engineers or medics with Ph Ds, children, good photos: they’re the ones, my friend said. After brief chats on Lovestruck, he diverted me to Whats App – a common ploy, says Senior Police Inspector Dicky Wong Tik-ki of the CSTCB’s cyber security division.
Dr John explained his UK 44 phone code: he had lived in Manchester with his daughter since his British wife died last year.
“You know, there’s this meme about the troll factory, people sitting in black caps, masks, behind them there’s a photo of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and a Russian flag.
"Please do not feed the trolls" does not apply here.“Listen, I don’t have time for these unnecessary questions. “If you get [the Hong Kong bank account holder] into trouble for nothing I [will] definitely come for you. You playing a dangerous game with me.” He was panicking now, faced with losing a valuable Hong Kong mule account, Jackson explains. I’d told the police nothing, but they warned me about online scammers. Mine was a typical romance scan, Wong and Jackson confirmed.Contact my bank because they want to meet my girlfriend who I am asking to do a transfer on my behalf.” Lazard, Jackson observes, ceased operating as a commercial bank in 1933, but that didn’t stop Dr John’s branch emailing impressive paperwork, which bore a striking resemblance to Lloyd’s Bank literature. But I am really not impressed at the way you have handled this. Perhaps it was easier for me to deposit the cash into a local Hong Kong bank account. When contacted, Lovestruck said Dr John had passed their checks with his Facebook, Twitter and Linked In accounts.I logged off again without trying to make any transaction, and let two weeks pass, but my slow progress drove Dr John mad. I pretended to make a cash transfer, to avoid paperwork. “One would think this was clear enough for a school leaver to understand.” Jackson says my delaying tactics would be wrecking his targets. He explained this hitch by saying it was offshore banking, so a “security deposit” of £4,200 (HK,400) was needed to release the funds. “Would pay you right back.” So here, finally, was the sting. I don’t need this drama and suspense.” I decided it was time to hear his voice, so I recorded a Whats App call from him. This compares with 114 local cases of internet dating fraud in 2016, with losses of HK million for the whole year.