A Chinese undergrad who had been scammed out of 5000 yuan was taken by surprise when the conman got back in touch to tell her that she was “too sweet and innocent,” offering to return half the money and asking for her photograph.
According to Xinhua, the 17-year-old girl named Xiao Song, currently attending Zhejiang Normal University, had received a call on September 23 from a man claiming that there had been a problem with an online payment she had made on Taobao.
Song provided the man with her bank account details so that he could process a refund for her, only to find shortly after that 5000 yuan was missing from her account.
In a strange twist of fate, the conman got back in touch the next day by text, offering to repay 2500 yuan because he thought she was “too sweet and innocent” and asking for her to send a photo.
“I did not believe him at the beginning, but to my surprise, he really did put 2500 yuan back to my account,” said Song. “He also asked me whether I had a boyfriend… and asked me to send him my photo. Now I feel a bit confused about whether I am a lucky person or not.”
Local police are reportedly baffled by the scammer’s decision to return half of the money stolen, but advise everyone, especially university students, to be more cautious when dealing with people on the phone.
By Dominic Jackson