The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong (PCPD), noted that there were numerous fraud cases reported recently which involved the use of phishing emails or SMS messages issued from sources pretending to be the Hongkong Post, the Centre for Health Protection, banks or other organisations in order to lure the public into revealing sensitive personal data, including names, phone numbers, bank account login information, credit card information, health and travel records, etc. Some victims had suffered monetary losses as a result.
The Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong (Privacy Commissioner), Ms Ada CHUNG Lai-ling, said, “Swindlers have employed many different tricks to obtain the personal data of members of the public for gain or deception. I call for greater vigilance when one receives any phishing emails or messages requesting personal data, and members of the public should avoid disclosing any personal data arbitrarily in order to safeguard their personal data and property.”
The Privacy Commissioner reminds members of the public:
On receipt of suspicious emails or SMS messages
On the use of online personal accounts
On the use of electronic equipments
Keeping abreast of the latest news
Anyone who suspects that his/her personal data has been leaked may make enquiries or complaints to the PCPD (phone: 2827 2827 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Members of the public should report the matter to the Police or contact Anti-deception Enquiry Hotline 18222 as soon as possible if they discover identity thefts involving the use of their personal data or the commission of criminal offences involving fraud or blackmail, etc.