Investment Fraud in Hong Kong

Investment Scam Investigation in Hong Kong

Digitpol conducts investigations into Stock Broker Fraud and Investment Fraud, such crimes are rising rapidly, scams such as stock fraud, broker fraud and investment scams are all well organised and not easily to detect. Digitpol has seen an increase in Investment scams targeting Hong Kong. Digitpol’s operational units deploy daily to assist with the investigation of unlicensed investment firms and the recovery of funds and seizure of rogue bank accounts that are used to facilitate the transfer of scammed funds, Digitpol assists with tracing the funds transferred overseas in cooperation and liaising with International Police and Banks. Digitpol has key relationships with the global banking industry.

Digitpol conducts checks on investment companies on several layers, checks at the official registration offices, document examination, email examination, verification at the stock exchange, share certification checks and on-site visits to the investment firm or stock brokers office.

If you have purchased shares in Hong Kong that you suspect to be fraudulent contact Digitpol to carry out checks and prepare a report, following that a complaint is necessary at the Hong Kong Police.

If you have transferred funds to a fraudulent bank account in Hong Kong, the following is urgent.

  1. Immediately alert your bank the transaction is fraudulent. This is most urgent.
  2. Report the incident as soon as possible to your local police in the country you reside in. Obtain the Police report or case number
  3. Report the case to the Hong Kong Police. Obtain the Police report or case number.
  4. When required, engage Digitpol and its legal team to act for you in Hong Kong to examine the evidence, prepare a report, investigate the case, and liaise with the Authorities and the Banks.
  5. If your physically located in Hong Kong, go directly to a Police station, and bring all the evidence with you.

The evidence, the Police will first need to be satisfied that a crime is actually committed, this is done by the examination of evidence and the evidence that a crime took place. If sufficient evidence is presented the Police will take immediate action.

In the majority of cases related to Investment fraud, the evidence of a crime is digital evidence, Digitpol can assist with compiling a forensic report that details how the fraud took place and the examination of forensic evidence such as digital data, computer forensics and server logs. Digitpol will present your case to the Police and its legal partner can take civil action when required.

To check if a Hong Kong company has a license to trade Securities and Futures or if the company has been published on the Alert List of the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) you can check licensed operators on the website of SFC or the alert list: https://www.sfc.hk/web/EN/alert-list/all.html The information contained on the Alert List is provided as an early warning service to investors but is not a substitute for investors conducting their own due diligence by checking up on a particular entity. 

If you have purchased shares in a HK registered firm and you would like to validate the share certification contact us. If your unsure of an investment offering, you can check if the investment firm has a license to operate or consult with Digitpol to check on your behalf. We also offer an on-site inspection at the investment firm.

Digitpol is available 24/7.   Phone HK: +85239733884

What Happens When You Report a Case To Digitpol?

If you report a case to Digitpol we will examine the data that you have provided,  if evidence exists and we are in position to assist you, we will start an investigation, the first step is the detail all the evidence into a report so that the fraud is clear.

The second step is a report to the Police, you can do this yourself and use our report or we can submit the report on your behalf, to do this we require a power of attorney, once the Police starts an investigation the entire matter is in the jurisdiction of the Police, during this period and in agreement, we may provide additional information or new evidence to the Police.

In the event you have transferred funds to a bank account in Hong Kong, we will issue a notice of the fraud to the banks fraud department.

What are Digitpol's costs to investigate my case? 

Digitpol is a private agency therefore we charge for the time to conduct research. The costs is based on our hourly rate of 150USD per hour or an agreed set fee for the case. The first stage of the investigation is an interview, this is a fee of 22USD.

How can I avoid the costs?

If you report the case to the Police there is no costs.

To report the case to Digitpol, is there a cost and what will it cover? 

If you report a case to Digitpol using the form below, the cost is 22USD, this covers the time for our agents to read the file, look into the evidence you supplied, in some cases we may ask you for more evidence such as screenshots of the communications with the fraudsters or further evidence related to your case.

In the majority of cases the evidence contains a website or a company, we will start to check the website's meta data and the companies presence in Hong Kong. If you have transferred funds to a bank in Hong Kong and you have presented sufficient evidence of fraud, we will issue a notice to the bank.  This fee covers the first stage of an investigation known as an "intake" or "interview", during this we may prepare to present the case to the Police.