A 19-year-old woman in Guangxi Autonomous Region has been arrested after she conned donors of almost 100,000RMB with fake posts on Weibo that claimed her dad had been killed in the Tianjin blasts.
The suspect, surnamed Yang, was born in April, 1996. She’s jobless (and heartless) and lives in a residential apartment in Fangchenggang city.
Left: Yang’s Weibo account. Right: An announcement released by Guangxi police
Yang reposted news of the Tianjin blasts and captioned that she’s extremely scared because her dad works near the site and she can’t reach him by phone.
The posts were quickly shared by many netizens and around 3,700 charitable web users donated as much as 90,000RMB through the Weibo application called “打赏”(reward).
The long post, which was read more than two million times, says that Yang had just been to the hospital to meet her father for the last time.
Yang readily admitted her guilt. She said that her initial motive was purely fame, but when she noticed the reward function, she decided to give fortune a try as well.
The donated money has been frozen and will be returned to its donors, according to NetEase. Yang was detained and further investigation is underway.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Weibo // CCTVNews]