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05 Jan 2007

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited ("BOCHK") wishes to alert the public that a faked email with the theme of  "Bank of China Hong Kong (Account update is required)" requested customers to update and verify their information by checking the link "http:www.bankofchina.com.hk/update" which is hyper-linked to a fraudulent "BOCHK Financial Institutions Online". BOCHK declares that this faked website is not related in any way, directly or indirectly, to BOCHK.

The faked email asked the customers to update and verify information by reason that "during our regularly scheduled maintenance and verification, we detected that a third party tried to access your online account." BOCHK has reported the case to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the Hong Kong Police.

Customers are reminded to be vigilant of any fraudulent websites which seek to pass off as "www.bochk.com". Customers should not access their e-banking accounts through hyperlinks embedded in emails sent to them from any unknown source. It is always prudent to type in their web address into the browser address bar to ensure the security of their personal information.

Unless customers are certain that they are connected to "www.bochk.com", particulars of their e-banking accounts should not be provided. Under no circumstances would BOCHK send out any emails to ask for or verify individual or corporate customer's personal information, including but not limited to account number, PIN, account balance, HKID card number or passport number. If customers have any enquiry, they are advised to call the customer hotline of BOCHK at (852) 233 233 28.

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About Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited (www.bochk.com)

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited ("BOCHK"), established on 1 October 2001, is a leading listed commercial banking group in Hong Kong. With over 280 branches and 450 ATMs and other distribution channels in Hong Kong, it offers a comprehensive range of financial products and services to retail and corporate customers. BOCHK is one of the three bank note issuing banks in Hong Kong. In addition, BOCHK has 14 branches and sub-branches in the Mainland of China to provide cross-border banking services to customers in Hong Kong and the Mainland. BOCHK was appointed by the People's Bank of China as the Clearing Bank for Renminbi (RMB) business in Hong Kong.

BOC Hong Kong (Holdings) Limited, BOCHK's holding company, began trading on the main board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong on 25 July 2002, with stock code "2388", ADR OTC Symbol: "BHKLY".

 

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