Investment Scam

WHAT IS AN Investment Scam?

Victims receive messages from people claiming to be stockbrokers or bank or financial company employees on social networking sites like Facebook, WeChat or Line. Responding to these messages leaves you vulnerable to an Investment Scam where fraudsters ask for personal details like NRIC and passport numbers, supposedly for an investment form. Scammers then ask victims to transfer money to banks in Hong Kong and China, pay administrative fees, security fees and taxes in order to receive the profits and returns.

Victims also receive phone calls from people claiming to be from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority or Hong Kong Overseas Control Centre, asking for a deposit before profits can be released to them.

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OF CASES REPORTED
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WORTH OF MONEY LOST
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  • Online trading, particularly when they involve binary options. Binary options are attractive because they are simple and promise quick returns, but they are very risky. Many platforms offering binary trading options are fraudulent.
  • People offering investment returns that are unreasonably high.
  • Be cautious when befriending strangers on social media platforms.
  • Understand that investments with high returns come with high risks.
  • Always check with a licensed financial advisor before making any investment.
  • Check if an entity is blacklisted on

What you should look out for

  • Online trading, particularly when they involve binary options. Binary options are attractive because they are simple and promise quick returns, but they are very risky. Many platforms offering binary trading options are fraudulent.
  • People offering investment returns that are unreasonably high.

What you should do

  • Be cautious when befriending strangers on social media platforms.
  • Understand that investments with high returns come with high risks.
  • Always check with a licensed financial advisor before making any investment.
  • Check if an entity is blacklisted on

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