2011-05-25

網上假聘神秘顧客騙財 指派應徵者借貸「試銀行服務」 捲款失蹤

網上假聘神秘顧客騙財 指派應徵者借貸「試銀行服務」 捲款失蹤
 (明報)2011年5月25日 星期三


mystery shopper, mystery shopping scam


【明報專訊】暑假將至,就業市場多了不少學生及畢業生,容易跌入求職陷阱,警方日前就破獲一個招聘「神秘顧客」詐騙集團,拘捕5名年輕男女。騙徒在網上聲稱聘請神秘顧客,往銀行或財務機構正式申請貸款,以測試借貸過程的服務水平,取得貸款後須將金錢連同文件、服務質素評估表交給疑犯,以換取佣金。騙徒取得款項後便去如黃鶴,暫有7人被騙共25萬元。


記者昨日瀏覽互聯網討論區,亦發現不少招聘神秘顧客的留言,其中有人自稱可提供渠道任職神秘顧客,卻要先繳付300元介紹費,記者留下信息,至截稿仍未回覆,故不知是否有詐。


5青年被捕 女主腦21歲


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至於被商罪科拘捕的2男3女,年齡介乎19至25歲,全報稱無業,其中一名21歲女生相信為集團主腦。7名受害者年齡18至25歲,全為學生,被騙金額由1.5萬至8萬元,其中一名男學生更分別被指派到3間公司借貸,共被騙去8萬元;7人共被騙款項25萬元。


商罪科科技罪案組警司招秀美表示,詐騙集團成員是透過互聯網認識,今年1月起組織一間以提供神秘顧客服務為名的有限公司,並在網上討論區張貼招聘長工或兼職神秘顧客的廣告。


聘人逼真 簽約派工作流程


當有應徵者與詐騙集團聯絡,集團會相約受害人到公眾地方面試。為求逼真,疑犯會要求受害人簽署合約以落實聘請事宜,然後派發工作流程表,再安排受害人到不同銀行及金融機構作「神秘顧客」測試,包括安信、中國銀行    及恒生銀行等。


7學生被騙25萬元


騙徒要求受害人正式申請貸款以測試借貸過程,受害人取得貸款後,須將款項連同簽署的借貸文件及服務質素評估表,在公眾地方交給疑犯,以換取每次150至800元佣金。


不過,當疑犯取得貸款後,便從此失去蹤影,各受害人驚覺被騙,先後由家人陪同到警署報警。經過半個月情報整理及分析,商罪科探員周日及周一在新界多處地方,包括葵青、元朗及沙田    拘捕5名疑犯,並檢走疑犯的手提電腦、銀行帳戶、電話及文件調查,5人至今仍遭扣查。因警員從電話紀錄發現疑犯多次跟不同的人聯絡,不排除稍後會發現更多受害者。


商罪科高級督察黃美娟說,今次涉案的年輕人,主要心態都是賺快錢,犯案模式是今年最新,但手法並不專業,若受害人小心查證,應可以避免受騙。她提醒打算找暑期工的學生,面試前應了解公司背景及地點等資料,若地點可疑切勿單獨前往,最好由成人或朋友陪同,更不要隨便在網上公開個人資料。


商業罪案調查科科技罪案組警司招秀美(中)表示,今次騙徒行騙手法雖新,但並不專業,提醒年輕人找工作時要注意廣告內容,及避免在互聯網公開個人資料。(梁琬珊攝)

In Joplin, salvaging what they can as skies darken

In Joplin, salvaging what they can as skies darken


The death toll from Sunday's tornado rises to 122 as rescuers continue to look for survivors. Hundreds seek shelter before new storms strike.


By Nicholas Riccardi, Matt Pearce and Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times


May 25, 2011


Reporting from Joplin, Mo., and Los Angeles


As the sky filled with dark clouds again, the pace picked up on Kentucky Avenue.


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Tim Jasinski, a 44-year-old contractor, loaded bundles of sheetrock into the back of his pickup, then added a bicycle belonging to one of his seven children. He cast a glance back at his house, a century-old bungalow he had been renovating before a tornado touched down Sunday.


"It's gone," he said Tuesday. "It's just a matter of how long before it topples. We're just salvaging what we can."


Photos: Devastation in Joplin, Mo.


As the death toll from one of the nation's deadliest tornadoes rose to 122, with more than 750 injured, residents raced to salvage what they could before new storms struck. Throughout Joplin's six-mile-long swath of destruction, rescue teams probed and dug through splintered ruins in a desperate search for survivors.


Elsewhere, five people were reported killed late Tuesday when at least one tornado touched down just west of Oklahoma City. A tornado also struck a three-county area of central and eastern Pennsylvania, but there were no reports of serious damage or injury.


In Joplin, tornado sirens sounded about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, and again shortly after 10. No twisters touched down, but a tornado watch remained in effect until 3 a.m.


Earlier in the day, rescuers searched a half-collapsed Wal-Mart, a Home Depot and a large apartment complex, also in ruins.


Two people were found alive in damaged buildings Tuesday, in addition to seven found the day before.


The tornado, which packed winds of over 200 mph, was the eighth deadliest in U.S. history, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It was the worst since 1947, when 181 people died in Woodward, Okla. Officials in Joplin said 8,000 structures had been damaged, many beyond repair.


It was one of a series of devastating tornadoes that have struck the Midwest and South this spring, causing more than 480 deaths.


The scene Tuesday on Kentucky Avenue was typical of what was happening all along the path of destruction in this city of 50,000 in southwestern Missouri, close by Oklahoma and Kansas. Homeowners, joined by friends and family, gathered up personal items and frantically tried to shore up tottering houses as the sky turned from a welcome hazy blue to an ever-darker and more threatening gray.


Before Sunday, this was a pleasant, leafy block of early 20th century bungalows with converted attics. Many of those attics were lopped off by Sunday's storm. Oaks lay across lawns, roofs and living rooms, shorn of their bark and leaves. Yards were heaped with torn-out insulation, mud and battered belongings.


Across the street from Jasinski, John Mott stood on his debris-covered lawn, sipping a Coke and considering the state of his home.


"The inside is kindling," he said. "The south wall is separated from the foundation and I'm trying to prop it up so it can survive another night."


Mott was wistful, remembering how friendly the street had been, how folks had looked out for one another. His eyes focused on a devastated bungalow across the street where an elderly man used to live. The man died before the storm.


"He lived there since 1958, and I'm glad he didn't get to see what happened to his house," Mott said.


His attention returned to how he would survive the night ahead. "Pray," he said. "We don't have a lot of choice."


While some people insisted on staying in their battered houses, others had no choice but to seek shelter. At Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, 143 people took refuge in a basketball arena; elsewhere, 34 people stayed in a church. Public health officials administered tetanus shots and about 190 National Guard troops helped search for survivors.


Police made several looting arrests, and the city instituted a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew in the damaged zone, Chief Lane Roberts said at a news conference.


About 1,500 people were reported missing. However, City Manager Mark Rohn emphasized: "That does not mean they are injured or deceased. It means loved ones are not aware of their whereabouts for many reasons." Many people were without working phones, and traveling even a short distance in the city was difficult.


Social networking sites pulsed with messages. "I am looking for my family … on Peace Church Road," one man wrote on Facebook. "If anyone has had contact with them please let them know that Paul … is concerned."


Another message: "To anyone out there that knows the family of little boy SKYLAR, please tell them to check with Children's Mercy Hospital."


In central Joplin, Shane Hunter and his squad of firefighters, both full-time and volunteer, stood wearily by a huge pile of wreckage. The dozens of hours they had spent painstakingly searching piles of debris were written on their faces.


"There's stuff laying on top of stuff laying on top of stuff," said Steve Slagle, a volunteer from Springfield, Mo.


When Hunter and the rest of his team — a mix of firefighters and volunteers with emergency response experience from as far as Nashville — first arrived late Sunday, they hoped they'd be pulling living people from the rubble. But after checking a four-mile area, they had found no one.


"I don't think there are any survivors," said Hunter, from nearby Diamond, Mo. "It becomes more of a search and recovery."


Just then his radio squawked. He put it to his ear. They found some people, he told his team. "They're taking them to B company now."


At the news of survivors, the exhausted, grimy faces allowed themselves the slightest grins. Hunter, laconically, said, "Cool." Then he told his team they had to move along.


Devastation in Joplin, Mo.


Riccardi and Pearce reported from Joplin, Landsberg from Los Angeles. Times staff writer Stephen Ceasar contributed to this report.