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News in a Nutshell – April 28

No time to read the news this week? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Just one minute with the Localiiz news roundup and you’ll have all you need to appear up-to-the-minute and worldly-wise when out and about this weekend – well, almost.


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                       Phone Scam

A 42-year-old Discovery Bay housewife claimed the undesirable title of ‘biggest phone scam victim’ this year, being conned out of more than $10 million by scammers posing as mainland police officers. This comes after a spate of cases over the four-day Easter holiday in which victims were scammed out of a combined $12.4 million. In this case, a con man called the woman claiming to be a Shanghai police officer and accused her of committing a criminal offense on the mainland. Lee was ordered to open a bank account across the border and transferred $10.3 million to it for what she thought were investigation purposes.

More on this story:
Hong Kong police to target university campuses with warnings of phone scams after student loses millions – SCMP
For more information on prevalent phone scams and advice on how to avoid them, click here

Donald Tsang

Hong Kong’s former leader Donald Tsang was released from prison this week after being granted bail pending an appeal against his conviction. Tsang, 72, was sentenced in February to 20 months in prison for misconduct in public office. His release comes after spending less than two months in Stanley Prison. Tsang was found guilty of misconduct by a nine-person jury in an 8:1 vote. He failed to disclose his plans to lease a luxury flat from a major investor of broadcaster DBC, which was later granted a license from the Government under his watch.

Restaurant Couple

Splitting a bill – known colloquially as ‘going Dutch’ in Europe and ‘AA style’ here in Hong Kong – had us all talking this week after a fight broke out in a yakiniku restaurant in the King Wah Centre on Nathan Road. After a three-hour meal that included three bottles of sake, three glasses of beer and soft drinks, a meal for two at the Japanese barbecue restaurant descended into a physical confrontation that saw a man, 37, tear up a $500 note offered as a contribution to the bill by his date, 38. She took offence at this and it ended in fisticuffs. Thoughts?

Axe Robbers

A Mong Kok 7-Eleven was robbed by an axe-wielding thief this week, the third robbery of its kind in the last 11 days. At around 3am, a masked man wearing all black entered the convenience store at 14 Boundary Street and demanded money from the store’s clerks. The man made off with $5,800 in a robbery that is starkly similar to the case of a man (also carrying an axe) who pinched $8,000 from a 7-Eleven in Tuen Mun and in Cheung Sha Wan (again with the axe), where he snatched $5,800. Beware.

Football Banner

Chinese football giants Guangzhou Evergrande will be disciplined after a banner slamming “British dogs” was unfurled by fans during a game in Hong Kong this week. The anti-independence banner, which said “Annihilate British dogs, destroy Hong Kong independence poison” in Chinese, was held up during Evergrande’s 6-0 AFC Champions League win over Hong Kong’s Eastern. In case you didn’t know, former British colony Hong Kong became a semi-autonomous Chinese territory 20 years ago, but independence feelings have been running high following mass protests against Beijing. The more you know.

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