Hong Kong authorities warn public to beware of misleading online ads featuring John Lee

The Office of the Chief Executive (CEO) has once again alerted the public to heightened vigilance against misleading online advertisements purporting to be interviews with Chief Executive John Lee, and urged them not to believe false information.

According to the press release issued on October 13, the CEO made it clear that he had never published or authorized such advertisements. “The GM never conducted the so-called interviews as these ads claim, and the remarks in the ads are all fictitious,” it read.

The CEO has recently again noticed misleading advertisements and web pages, which bear the name and news photos of the EC, on online portals. Such ads trick users into clicking on them which leads them to suspicious transaction platforms. A spokesperson for the CEO urged the public not to visit suspicious websites through these advertisements or provide personal information to unknown websites.

The CEO reported the incident to the police for a follow-up investigation.

Earlier, in September, Hong Kong leader John Lee clarified that recent online ads featuring his image and claiming to have his interviews were all fictitious. The statement comes shortly after the adverts went viral. “John Lee is known for his outspokenness and he doesn’t mind telling you how he made his money,” reads the online ad. The website also claimed to have interviewed Lee which he praised for a cryptocurrency trading system and included a link to the platform.

Lee said on his Facebook post that the so-called interviews claimed by such ads are all fictional. He also urged members of the public to report any suspicious websites to the police.

Earlier in June this year, tHong Kong police are investigating an online ad scam regarding Financial Secretary Paul Chan. Police said on their official Facebook account on June 26, 2022 that fraudulent advertisements and websites containing Chan’s name and news images have recently been found online, tricking the public into clicking and directing them to suspicious trading platforms. The secretary’s office clarified that the relevant advertisements and statements are completely untrue and that the police are investigating the incident.

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