Schoolboy pleads guilty to phone scamming over HK$240,000

A 17-year-old boy accused of fraud involving HK$240,000 to impersonate a bank staff seven times over two months pleaded guilty on Tuesday.

Wong Chak-hei, the Secondary Four student who claimed to be an employee of a bank, was found luring seven people to transfer money from HK$27,040 to HK$46,064 to his designated bank accounts in the name of offering low-interest loans via phone scamming.

According to the police, the seven victims were asked by Wong between February to April this year to transfer the money to three bank accounts after they accepted the loan offers. The defendant claimed to provide them with a cheque; however, the victims later found out the cheques could not be cashed.

During the cases, a man who called himself Ho said he was a lawyer and would engage in dealing with the loans, said the victims. But the police found the law firm the man claimed to belong to had no employee surnamed Ho.

Wong was charged with seven counts, including conspiracy to defraud, today in Sha Tin Magistrate’s Court and pleaded guilty.

Magistrate Pang Leung-ting said that imprisonment should be ruled on the boy since the enormous amount of money involved in the criminal case.

However, Pang added that since Wong was only 16 years old when he acted in the crime, he will be in custody pending the sentence on September 27 and waiting for reports from the rehabilitation, detention, and training centres.