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2 held in disinfectant sales scam

TWO people have been detained for allegedly posing as school and quarantine-station officials to trick people into buying supposed disinfectants for the A/H1N1 flu, police said.

Pudong New Area police said one suspect, surnamed Li, tricked owners of food stores by pretending to be a middle-school headmaster who wanted to buy disinfectants, and also an official of a quarantine station who sells them.

The other suspect, surnamed Ye, was in charge of delivering the "disinfectants" - concoctions that were made by the two with cheap materials.

Police said the two conned five victims out of 50,000 yuan (US$7,325).

With the cooperation of Fengxian District police, the Pudong police caught them on Tuesday at their homes with a large mount of disinfectant packages.

Li confessed that A/H1N1 flu was a hot topic these days and an easy way to trick people.

The so-called highly concentrated sterilizer was made from water and potassium permanganate, a substance used in disinfectants, and cost less than 1 yuan for each bottle, the police said.


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