Shanghai’s newest breed of conman is ordinary, inconspicuous and not teaching you how to drive. A driving instructor in Shanghai was arrested after he reportedly accepted over 600,000 yuan from students for extra lessons that never happened.
The driver, surnamed Fan, works for the Shanghai Shentong Driving school and is said to have taken the massive sum of money from over 140 students since March, according to Shanghai Daily.
These were unofficial arrangements made with students eager to get more hours behind the wheel so that they could take their driving test sooner.
But despite handing over the cash, learners received no extra tuition, said the commission.
Fan was found to have used a fake official seal of the driving center, the commission said.
He has been arrested on a charge of fraud, the commission said, describing it as the most serious case of its kind in Shanghai in recent years.
Unlicensed cabbies tricking customers out of a few renminbi is one thing, but for a trusted instructor to con unsuspecting teens eagerly awaiting unsupervised joyrides? Pure evil.