Hong Kong – Judiciary alerts public to phishing email

Judiciary alerts public to phishing email

*****************************************


The following is issued on behalf of the Judiciary:



     The Judiciary today (May 4) called on the public to stay vigilant to a phishing email sent from the email account “香港司法機構judiciaryofhongkong01@gmail.com”. The email falsely claims that it was sent by the Judiciary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The Judiciary has reported the case to the Police.



     Members of the public are reminded to stay alert to suspicious emails and refrain from opening them. Anyone who has provided personal information to the email sender is advised to contact the Police immediately.

Hong Kong – Administration Wing alerts public to fraudulent email

Administration Wing alerts public to fraudulent email

*****************************************************


     The Administration Wing today (January 14) appealed to members of the public to stay alert to a fraudulent email on nomination for honours and awards purporting to be sent by “Honours Section, Administration Wing” under the email account cso.gov.hk@express.com. A suspected link to a malicious file is attached in the email, inviting recipients to provide information.  

 

     The Administration Wing has not sent the email and a report has been made to the Police. Members of the public are reminded not to open any suspicious email. Anyone who has provided his or her personal information to the email sender or clicked the link in the email is strongly advised to contact the Police.

Hong Kong – Hong Kong Customs alerts public to fraudulent phone calls

Hong Kong Customs alerts public to fraudulent phone calls

*********************************************************


     ​Hong Kong Customs today (October 26) appealed to members of the public to stay alert to deception-related phone calls purporting to be made by Customs.

     Customs recently received a number of public enquiries about receiving phone calls from +852 2815 7711, which is the same number as Customs’ General Enquiry Hotline (2815 7711), or from other local mobile phone numbers. The caller claimed to be an officer of Hong Kong Customs and told the member of the public concerned that he or she had a mail parcel or cargo consignment seized by Customs since contraband items had been found inside. Some of the calls were subsequently transferred to another scammer posing as a non-local law enforcement officer.

     Customs clarified that the department had not made the calls in question. If Customs officers need to contact members of the public, they will provide relevant information to verify the identity of both parties, but will not request the public to provide sensitive personal information nor transfer the call to non-local law enforcement agencies.

     Customs has reported the incident to the Police for follow-up action.

     Customs reminds members of the public to stay alert and not to follow the caller’s instructions. If they have any doubts, they should report the matter to the Police.

     Customs said impersonating a public officer is a serious offence and urged the public not to defy the law.

Hong Kong – EMSD alerts public to fraudulent email

EMSD alerts public to fraudulent email

**************************************


     The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) today (September 2) reminded members of the public to be alert to fraudulent email purporting to be sent by the EMSD. The EMSD has recently received a number of enquiries from vendors about receiving email from procurement@emsd-govhk.com, an email address with a domain similar to that of the EMSD (@emsd.gov.hk).
      
     The sender claimed to be an EMSD staff member and instructed the vendors to provide quotations and supply electronic accessories and personal protective equipment.
      
     A spokesman for the EMSD clarified, “We have not sent the emails in question. The EMSD purchases stores through the procurement procedures stipulated in the Stores and Procurement Regulations, and we confirm procurement with suppliers by purchase orders or letters of acceptance. Members of the public and vendors are advised not to click on the links of any suspicious email, provide any of their personal and bank information through such links, nor make any payment. The EMSD has reported the incident to the Police for further investigation.”
      
     The EMSD urged members of the public to stay alert. For enquiries, call 1823 or email info@emsd.gov.hk.

Hong Kong – HKMA alerts public to phishing scams via hyperlinks embedded in SMS or emails

 

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has recently received reports from banks about their customers having received phishing SMS or emails with embedded hyperlinks purportedly sent by the banks. After clicking the embedded hyperlinks, the customers were lured into entering their internet banking login IDs, passwords and SMS One-Time Password (OTP) provided by the banks.  Unauthorised transactions were subsequently conducted over the accounts of the customers and they suffered financial losses.
      
     The HKMA wishes to remind the public that banks will not send SMS or e-mails with embedded hyperlinks which direct them to the banks’ websites to carry out transactions. They will not ask customers for sensitive personal information, such as login passwords or OTP, by phone, email or SMS (including via embedded hyperlinks).
      
     Members of the public should stay alert to any SMS or emails purported to be sent by banks. They are advised not to click on the hyperlinks embedded in these SMS or emails. Under no circumstances should they disclose their internet banking login information to websites of unknown sources.
      
     If members of the public have disclosed their internet banking login details to untrusted websites or have found unauthorised transactions being conducted over their accounts, they should contact their bank as soon as possible and report to the Police or contact the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau of the Police at 2860 5012.
      
     The HKMA wishes to remind the public to carefully protect their sensitive personal information, check their e-banking accounts from time to time and review alert messages and statements issued by banks carefully.