A citywide police search was under way on Friday for five men after a local bitcoin trader was lured to a bogus business meeting and robbed of HK$1.4 million (US$180,000) on a busy street in Hong Kong. This is reported by South China Morning Post.
The victim is a 34-year-old Hong Kong man surnamed Lee, who was given an offer to buy 5 bitcoin at a 5% discount off the market price, but was instructed that the transaction would be conducted in cash, the source said.
Two men met Lee in the coffee shop, but the transaction was not completed. The victim was told that the pair wanted to trade more bitcoin, and another meeting was arranged at a McDonald’s outlet in North Point at 9.30pm the same day.
Lee took a bag containing HK$1.4 million to the fast food outlet on King’s Road, North Point at 9.40pm but failed to find the two “sellers”. At about 10pm, he received a phone call from one of the men, who claimed they got lost and instructed Lee to meet them outside the State Theatre Building on King’s Road – about 100 metres away – instead.
Soon after the victim left the outlet, he was attacked from behind by three masked menю One of them pushed him to the floor, and the others snatched his bag containing the cash and a mobile phone, source said. Police said no weapon was used in the incident.
According to police, officers scouted the area, but no arrests were made. The victim suffered minor hand and leg injuries.