Law & Policy

HK Man Jailed For Internet Auction Fraud

A 43-year-old man was found guilty of engaging in Internet auction fraud and sentenced to four months' imprisonment at Kowloon City Magistracy in Hong Kong Wednesday.

This is Hong Kong's first case of Internet auction fraud where the defendant was sentenced to imprisonment. Another defendant of a fraud case was convicted but only fined earlier this month, according to a Police report.

Officers of the Technology Crime Division of the Commercial Crime Bureau mounted an operation against Internet auction fraud in May. Upon analysis on the information gathered in the operation, the 43-year-old man was found to have raised the ticket prices of a concert by posing as another auctioneer to place the bid.

The man was subsequently arrested on May 28 in a residential unit in Wong Tai Sin.

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  1. Hello ! This is the second time I'm sending my begging request for a help, please let someone give me a hope…..

    My name is William Dagher, I live in Montreal.
    I was looking in the internet to buy a laptop for my daughter, by coinsidence, I found the website of:
    http://www.68-shop.com, they have good deals, I transfered few e-mails with a guy called Liang Wang, he asked me to wire transfer him 330.00 Euro to his bank account for a laptop HP Pavilion 17" .
    As he requested, I have transfered him the money, please find below the copy of his
    e-mail.

    *****
    ____
    dear sir,

    thanks your message

    the price of the item is 280 eur and the shipping is 50 eur

    the total price is 330 eur

    we accept western union and bank wire

    1 The Western Union address is as below:
    -My first name is Liang
    -My last name is Wang
    -City:beijing
    -Country:China
    -Post code :100088
    -Address:No. 118 yinkedasha haidian District BeiJing China
    -We need the following information from you after you have made the payment:
    – Money Transfer Control Number
    – Senders Name
    – Item name

    2 Bank wire transfer
    -Bank name:Bank of China Beijing branch
    -Address:No.118 yinkedasha haidian District BeiJing China
    -A/C holder's name: Wang Liang
    -A/C No.:4060600-0188-010362-7
    -Swift code: BKCH CN BJ 110

    we can send them to you by dhl tnt and so on

    hope to cooperate with you and long

    waiting your news

    best regards
    _______
    ******
    After more than a week, I received an e-mail from Liang Wang, asking for 100.00 Euro more, for the custom fee, otherwise the delivery company refuse to let the laptop leaves China..
    According to me, the custom fee is always paid upon delivery, if not the company doesn't hand the item to you. Even though, I suggested to Liang Wang, that I'm ready to transfer to him the 100.00 Euro, when I receive the laptop, I accept to pay that custom fee in Montreal.

    Our dear friend, doesn't reply to my e-mails, when he realise that's me who is online, in his chat section in the website, he hangs up. I lost all hopes to continue with this guy. I was very disappointed, because he is ruining the reputation of the Chinese people, whom I respect a lot and I have many very good friends in Montreal, who come from China, I work in the hotel industry,
    The Chinese guests are the most polite and respectable.
    I felt obliged to speak to someone, may be in your position, you have more contacts , I'm sure if
    I don't tel you what happened, to help me stopping this guy, he will continue in his monkey business and he will continue stealing inocent people.
    Please, I need the help of somebody, if you could do nothing, I aprecite if you could guide me by refering me to a contact with the Police dept, the chambre of commerce, anybody. I'm sure the Chinese Government doesn't allow such things to happen.

    I'm writing to you from a burnt heart, working at half capacity after a big stroke, I need your help.
    I'm honest, and I hate crooks, who they should be punished to teach the others a good lesson.

    Sorry if I wrote too much, because I'm hurt and this incident in troubeling my life, in most that my daughter is blaming me for sending the money , and I trusted someone who I don't know him.

    I have a big faith in you, in the Chinese Government responsability, please don't let me down.

    Best Regards
    William Dagher
    103, Blvd. Graham
    Montreal, H3P 2C3
    Quebec CANADA

  2. For China's Internet it is still "buyer beware". It's really your fault for doing e-commerce with a website that doesn't seem legit.

    Why you would send money via a bank transfer is beyond me.

    Hopefully in the future you've learned your lesson and will only purchase goods from reliable sources.

  3. Hello from Montreal,
    I read the article by cooincidence, I was so relaxed when I found out that Liang Wand got punished for his monkey business, I wished if they would keep him for more than 4 months. I lost the money which I'm realy in need, I don't know if there is a way to get it back ?
    Best Regards
    William

  4. Hello from Montreal,
    I was so comfortable for the court decision by putting Ling
    Wang in jail for four month, I'm conviced now that Justice
    exists in China, but I am still waiting to get my money back,
    I haven't heared anything yet from the bank or from the court,
    Do I consider that no more hope to get my money back ?
    Please answer me.
    Best regards
    William

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