Hong Kong sees sharp rise in phishing scams, as victims reveal personal data after receiving ‘SMS from the bank’

Cathay Pacific flight attendant Irish Geronimo, 29, was panic-stricken when her bank sent a text message saying about HK$83,000 (US$10,640) of her hard-earned savings had been transferred to a stranger.The bad news arrived hours after she clicked on an embedded hyperlink in a text message which appeared to be from her bank, HSBC, but was actually sent by a scammer.She realised she had fallen victim to a phishing scam. “I am still traumatised,” she said. “At that time I didn’t know what to do…


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