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First Bogus Website Conviction in HK

First published: 31st March 2007

Chen Li-mee, 25 was given a six-month suspended jail sentence for five counts of obtaining access to a computer with dishonest intent and three of theft. She used forged emails to attempt to trick fifteen users of Netvigator (Hong Kong’s larges ISP) to visit a bogus website and reveal their account details, but none of the intended victims fell for the scheme. She sent the emails from her home, a coffee shop, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where she was a student, and the Office of the Telecommunications Authority, where she was a summer intern.

She also stole letters containing Netvigator account details from the home of a student she tutored, and used the account for multimedia entertainment services.

The Commercial Crime Bureau confirmed this is the first conviction for running a bogus website for a fraudulent scheme in Hong Kong.