Here is an overview of some recent cases in Hong Kong around email scams and the use of court orders to recover funds.

I won’t comment on legal side of things here as I’m as not lawyer – but from a technology perspective, we are seeing an increase in matters similar to those described, where we investigate the situation as well as the precautions undertaken by the victim beforehand.

Certainly, the more sources and devices we can get the better. From emails to devices to log files; this all helps to corroborate findings and identify patterns and diversions from the norm.

Increasingly we are looking at the content of the emails themselves and indeed even their headers to identify the facts around the sequence of events that led to the situation.

These are interesting cases as they have a mix of technological and human factors that come into play and are rarely straightforward.

Find out more about what the team is doing in Asia by contacting Davin Teo here: https://www.alvarezandmarsal.com/our-people/davin-teo