In order to pull off a good scam, you really need to go all out.
To swindle some saps out of their hard-earned cash, a gang of six men from the mainland purchased fake iPhones, wore fake Rolexes, showed off fake BMW keys and even taught themselves to speak Cantonese, all to complete their cover as wealthy Hong Kong businessmen.
Unfortunately for them, it wasn’t quite enough, Chutian Metropolis Daily announced their arrest this weekend for scamming 100,000 yuan from 30 unsuspecting victims in Wuhan.
The men posed as rich Cantonese-speaking businessmen from Hong Kong. They looked the part, and even spoke the part — despite the fact that they were all from rural Anhui province — conning their victims into lending them thousands of yuan, and then simply disappearing.
In one case, a 19-year-old university student named Chen was tricked by a stylishly dressed young gentleman, who approached her and asked where to find an HSBC Investment Bank, in a heavy Cantonese accent.
From there, the man borrowed Chen’s phone and had a prolonged conversation in Cantonese; after handing back the phone, he invited her to have a coffee with him. At the table, he told Chen that he was in the mainland to pay some medical bills for a friend that was seriously ill; however, he was unable to withdraw any cash.
Chen agreed to lend this stranger 3,000 yuan and he promised he would return the money to her the very next day. Unsurprisingly, he didn’t show.
However, police in Wuhan were able to track him down. Arresting him and his five accomplices on Friday.
Honestly, these guys should have just tried selling pancakes to people seeking iPhones online. That’s where the real money is at.
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