On August 18, police from Yingde, Guangdong, arrested a teenager suspected of scamming more than RMB1 million from women he added on We Chat. Huang had amassed the money by inventing various stories about being in need, prompting his victims in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Yingde to send him cash via We Chat hongbao or money transfers.
One woman in Yingde finally tipped off police to what was happening.
Afterward, of course, the bilked bachelor never hears from his date again."It's sort of a perfect scam," said Gianluca Stringhini, one of the study's co-authors, "because the person would never realize that they've been scammed." Indeed, as the study points out, the mark may have even had a good time while getting grifted.
It's also, according to Stringhini, not strictly illegal, so the conspirators don't put themselves at much of a risk.
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The latest scam from China involves some very innocent looking – but pretty – girls from China.
Although reports say that he's not particularly attractive in person, on the internet Huang created a new persona for himself: an exotic overseas returnee who had studied abroad.
Huang turned 19 this year and, possibly because of his lucrative side-business, is currently unemployed.
After doing so, he’d fabricate various stories to get cash out of them, We Chat’s convenience making it all too easy for victims to hand over money. Huang revealed the details of her own encounter with the scammer while aiding police in their search. Huang was able to use psychological tactics to skillfully draw out money from his victims. Around 12am on June 24, he called her with bad news: he’d been drinking and driving when he hit a person, and the victim was demanding compensation. Tired from the late hour, she finally caved in and sent him RMB2,200 over We Chat.