After the initial video conference, which included a convincing facsimile of the company’s U.K.-based CFO, the scammers followed up via instant messages, email, and additional one-on-one video calls.
The employee only realized it was a scam after independently contacting the company’s head office about a week later.
Hong Kong police were notified Jan. 29. No arrests have been made so far, and the investigation is ongoing, police said.
The elaborate scam coincides with an alarming increase in the online circulation of nonconsensual pornographic images produced with AI.
X, formerly Twitter, struggled to contain a number of fake, sexually explicit images of Taylor Swift last month. The social media site ultimately resorted to blocking searches for the singer’s name.
This post originally appeared on HuffPost.