The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has today (Tuesday) issued a circular to all authorized institutions (AIs) to draw their attention to a number of recent fraud cases occurring overseas that have made use of fraudulent e-mails or websites to trick bank customers into revealing private details, such as e-banking login names and passwords.
"To date the reported incidents have involved websites and e-banking services established overseas. No consumers in Hong Kong are reported to have been victims of these incidents," said Mr Raymond Li, Executive Director (Banking Development) of the HKMA. "However, since e-banking services are increasingly popular in Hong Kong, AIs should take appropriate preventive measures."
The circular proposes certain precautionary measures to AIs including:
The circular is now available at the HKMA's website http://www.hkma.gov.hk.
For further enquiries, please contact:
Sylvia Yip, Manager (Press), at 2878 1687 or
Thomas Chan, Senior Manager (Press), at 2878 1480
Hong Kong Monetary Authority
20 May 2003