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Hong Kong and Guangdong build cross-border platforms against telecommunications fraud

2018-09-14 14:21:15 Wen Wei Po

Since the beginning of this year, it has become a common understanding for residents of Guangdong and Hong Kong to set up cross-border anti-fraud platforms because of the escalation and evolution of telecommunications fraud techniques such as impersonating the ‘Court, Procuratorate, and Public Security Bureau’. In a letter to Chen Dandan, a member of the Guangdong Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the Guangdong Public Security Department recently revealed that Guangdong had reported to the Ministry of Public Security and coordinated the Hong Kong police with the establishment of a cross-border platform against telecommunications fraud between Guangdong and Hong Kong. Taking the construction of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau Dawan District as an opportunity, it is expected to further strengthen the coordination of police affairs and come up with a joint treatment of telecommunications fraud.

It is understood that in recent years, Chinese residents and enterprises have lost more than 10 billion yuan (RMB, the same below) a year due to telecommunications fraud, and the Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Dawan District is a serious disaster area, ranked first in terms of several aspects in the country.

Telecommunications fraud accounts for more than 80%.

According to Chen Dandan, the Hong Kong police recorded 716 cases of telephone fraud in the first nine months of last year, of which 589 were successful, accounting for 82% and the loss amounted to HK $197 million, according to the survey data quoted in the ‘Proposal for Guangdong and Hong Kong Police to Work Together to Unveil the Means of Telecommunications Fraud in the Dawan District’. Among the successful cases of Telecommunications fraud, 496 cases were to impersonate ‘Court, Procuratorate, and Public Security Bureau’, accounting for 84%. It can be seen that the situation of Telecommunications fraud is becoming more and more serious.

The youngest victim was a 14-year-old Hong Kong high school student. Some Hong Kong university students misbelieved the ‘Mainland Law Enforcement Officer's Directive’ and twice melted and sold their gold wares and remitted money to the Mainland, Chen Dandan pointed out.

Since the beginning of this year, there has been a new escalation in the class of telecommunications fraud that pretends to be the ‘Court, Procuratorate, and Public Security Bureau’. There is a phenomenon that ‘police assistants’ obtain passbooks and ID cards, which is more deceptive. Recently, pretending to be ‘Court, Procuratorate, and Public Security Bureau’, they conducted a telecommunications fraud in which two elderly people in Guangzhou have been cheated more than one million yuan respectively. To this end, Guangzhou Police issued three warnings in half a month from late August to early September to remind residents to guard against this new type of telecommunications fraud.

Guangdong police agrees with the Hong Kong Committee.

According to the Guangdong Public Security Bureau, since 2017, the Guangdong Anti-Fraud Center has accepted 146 cases of telecommunications fraud involving Hong Kong residents, increased by 37.2% from 2016. Meanwhile, it has assisted the Hong Kong police carry out emergency payments, freezing 384 accounts involving more than 70 million yuan.

Guangdong police agreed on Chen Dandan's suggestion that the police of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao should set up a cross-border platform against telecommunications fraud in the cities of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Dawan District. They also pointed out that Guangdong and Hong Kong are economically developed and have close personnel contacts, which are the areas where telecommunications fraud is prone to occur in high incidence. It is more obvious to launch joint crackdown and control work. Therefore, the establishment of a cross border platform against telecommunications fraud by Guangdong and Hong Kong police is of great practical significance.

Guangdong Public Security Department revealed that due to the differences in legal system, litigation procedure and police system, the establishment of cross-border platform against telecommunications fraud in Guangdong and Hong Kong has difficulties in case jurisdiction, technical boundary and other aspects. Therefore, Guangdong police recently reported to the Ministry of Public Security for coordination with Hong Kong police in order to promote the establishment of cross-border platform against telecommunications fraud in Guangdong and Hong Kong.

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