Police have arrested a 25-year-old woman for allegedly posing as a family member of one of the 19 people killed in the Tai Po bus crash on Saturday and asking for donations online.
The woman allegedly asked people to deposit money into two bank accounts, to support the victim’s widow and two young children.
The bus crash has caused an outpouring of grief in the SAR.
The Lunar New Year fireworks display has been cancelled out of respect and flags flew at half-mast at the government's headquarters on Tuesday.
Members of the public notified the police, who said none of the people who contacted them had transferred money into the bank accounts.
Superintendent for technology crime, Swalikh Mohammed, said the woman has been arrested for the offence of access to computer with criminal or dishonest intent.
He told a news conference that it was natural for people to want to help victims, but called on members of the public to be on their guard.
"We would like to remind everyone to stay vigilant and not to let some culprit scammers ...use their compassionate heart to cheat money," he said.
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