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Scam Site Imitating Hong Kong Site Targets UK-Based Chinese Inhabitants

A phishing Website spoofing a law company site of Hong Kong continues to be on the Web although it was brought to the notice of the police officials in both China and the Special Administrative Region, as reported by TheStandard on June 3, 2008.

William Barber, a Hong Kong based partner of Richard Butler, owner of a law firm in UK, says that the site put up on the Internet is related to a phishing scam that targets Chinese inhabitants in UK, as reported by IDG on June 4, 2008.

Visitors to the site were informed over e-mail that Heng Chang, a law company in Hong Kong, functioning as a representative was managing the procedures for collecting the prizes. Following this, a minimum of 20 people from UK called up in the Hong Kong office of Richards Butler to know the details of the incident. The individuals also found that the Heng Chang's Website was suspicious as it carried Butler's name and imitated the latter's Website.

According to Barber, Butler reported the incident of scammed site to Hong Kong police on May 14, 2008 but the site continues to be active.

Alex Wong, Investigation Team Sergeant of Technology Crime Division and Commercial Crime Bureau of Hong Kong Police said that the fake site is hosted in China which is legislating its own acts. Wong said that his team has already informed about the site to the police of the mainland, believing they too would investigate, as reported by TheStandard on June 3, 2008.

In the meantime, the individuals continue to get the phishing messages from the same travel agency, which posed to announce they were winners of a lottery prize of a maximum of 50,000 pounds.

One e-mail receiver said that he was asked to submit a short-term membership fee to an investment company in Hong Kong to pick the prize. The e-mail told him that a law company named Heng Chang International Law Firm in Hong Kong was representing the investment firm.

More investigations revealed that there were other partners to this company and that the scam site exactly resembled the parent Website.

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