Kenix Yuen Quoted in HK01 Article on Email Fraud

Since the pandemic started, we have received a growing number of enquiries about cybercrimes including email scams targeting individuals or corporates in Hong Kong.Our Partner Kenix Yuen recently spoke to HK01 about the common types of cyber scams in Hong Kong and provided some suggestions for how citizens can avoid them.

COVID-19 Scams – What to do if you are defrauded

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have seen an overwhelming demand worldwide for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which includes respirators, surgical masks, gloves and face shields. Regrettably, unscrupulous traders never miss an opportunity to capitalise on public fears and concerns.  Amid these difficult times, there has been a surge of fraud schemes associated with PPE transactions all around the globe. In Hong Kong, over 1,600 reports of online mask scams were received by the Hong Kong Police between January and March this year, consisting of more than 3,000 individual victims and local companies involving a total of HK$48.2 million. It has also been reported that fraudulent mask schemes totalling US$799 million were uncovered in United States in the last few months, and similar patterns have been observed across the Europe.