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Hong Kong police have arrested 24 domestic workers in connection with a HK$27 million money laundering scheme. The scheme was run by Nigerian scammers who lured the workers into opening bank accounts to receive illegal proceeds in exchange for four-figure sums, police said.

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Amongst the arrested were two Nigerian citizens — a Hong Kong identity card holder and a holder of a temporary stay permit — as well as three core members of the scheme, who were from Nigeria and the Philippines. The group were suspected to have laundered email and romance scam proceeds through 35 proxy bank accounts between July 2020 and May this year.

The individuals — four men and 16 women aged between 21 and 73 — were arrested this week, Financial Intelligence and Investigation Bureau Acting Superintendent Tang Hoi-tung said during a press briefing on Wednesday. The police unit was established in June this year.

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