A woman in Chengdu, Sichuan province who’d forked out 400,000 yuan for what she believed was 1.6 million yuan in high-quality counterfeit bills had no choice but to turn herself in to authorities after discovering that she’d actually been given stacks upon stacks of “ghost money”. The three swindlers who scammed the woman were detained by police on March 10.
Sichuan News said that the woman, surnamed Li, contacted one of the swindlers, a guy surnamed Wang, via Momo in November last year. After they met in person, Wang talked Li into buying fake currency for one-fourth of its face value.
Wang gave her 1,450 yuan in genuine currency, but claimed that it was his high-quality fake money. He assured Li that they could do the exchange after she had used the money with no problems.
Impressed with the realness of her, well, real bills, Li and a friend surnamed Yuan raised 400,000 yuan and met with the three suspects to purchase 1.6 million in “fake RMB”.
Upon arriving home, Li discovered that what she’d actually gotten was a box full of “ghost money”, paper notes used as burnt offerings to the deceased. Only the first and last notes visible in the stack were high-quality counterfeit bills.
Without realizing that she herself might face charges for seeking out fake currency, Li immediately reported the case to police. The three suspects were detained by cops, who confiscated the tools that they had used to make fake money in March.
Further investigation is underway.
Here’s the video of the news report:
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Sichuan News]
[Video via ifeng News]