A Shanghai woman’s nefarious scheme used to swindle a Chinese shopping website of 197,000 RMB (US$30,000) has been uncovered and the woman remanded in police custody, reports China Daily.
The 25-year old woman was caught purchasing expensive, legitimate goods from JD.com (a popular online name-brand store), then taking advantage of the site’s seven-day return policy by sending back a fake, cheap imitation of the product bought on TaoBao (the Chinese Ebay).
The woman’s ruse had been used to manipulate the store for almost two years, during which time she plundered 20 items (mostly pricy bags, purses and boots). The most valuable of the loot was a 25,000 RMB leather bag, which she pocketed after sending back a fake replica worth a mere 400 RMB.
Now that the con is up and the woman faces an anxious wait in a prison cell, online stores may want to take a closer look at returned items should more crafty scammers seize on this cunning trick. (They ought to be especially circumspect about accepting returns coming from Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, where residents recently looted 2.85 million RMB worth of counterfeit goods which were waiting to be destroyed.)
Scams are nothing new in China and while this was hardly the most ingenious trick we’ve seen, this lady at least deserves a bit more credit than the Chongqing man who tried to sell his transformed Hyundai as a Lamborghini.