A 22 year old Shanghai woman has been arrested after she scammed her uncle out of 160,000 yuan by claiming she could help get his son a job, Global Times reports.
The suspect, surnamed Xu, told her uncle in July 2012 that she could find a good job for his son if he handed over enough money to allow her to build up the necessary connections, according to a press release from the Qingpu District Public Security Bureau.
The uncle, surnamed Xue, had a 27-year-old son who was unemployed after graduation.
To convince Xue that her help was worth paying for, she lied and said she had a good job and lots of friends who could help get his son a job.
In Xu’s defence, she did have a pretty decent job scamming people out of money. If her cousin had the same entrepreneurial zeal to screw over his family members, maybe he wouldn’t have needed her help in the first place.
Xu did find her cousin some employment too, an unpaid internship at a law firm for which Xu herself paid him 2,000 yuan a month, which she said was his probationary salary. The scam fell apart when the internship failed to turn into a real job, Xu not being the only party in this story who likes to screw over those desperate for employment.
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