Three mainland men were cheated out of HK$200,000 (US$25,600) by a conman claiming to be a junket promoter, according to the Judiciary Police (PJ).
According to the Macau Daily Times, the three mainland Chinese victims were tricked by mainland resident, surnamed Song, that he was a junket promoter in Macau.
Song promised the trio that he would be able to arrange all aspects of accommodation and flights for their trip to Macau, as well as exchanging chips for their use in the city’s casinos.
After following the conman to Macau, the three men gave the Song a total of HK$200,000 upon arrival.
Song, together with his partner, arranged hotels for the men in Cotai, and took them out to dinner in a restaurant in Zona Nova de Aterros do Porto Exterior.
After dinner, Song and his partner said they would go to the casinos to change chips for the three men, but never returned.
The incident was reported to the Public Security Police Force (PSP), who forwarded the case to the PJ.
Song was then arrested on July 12 while entering Macau through the border gate. He admitted to his part in the deceit.
According to Song, he received a HK$10,000 cut from the scam.
The PJ is now investigating the second suspect, who remains at large.