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3 charged with fraud over digital products

THREE people in their 20s were charged by Fengxian District Prosecutors' Office for allegedly defrauding 87 people out of more than 110,000 yuan (US$17,460) within two months by tricking them into buying counterfeit digital products.

The suspects, surnamed Liang, Huang and Cui, called victims and pretended to be from a delivery company's management center. They told victims their accumulated bonus points were about to expire and they could use them to reduce the cost of expensive cell phones, computers and cameras.

A victim surnamed Yu told prosecutors she received a phone call from the center, telling her she had 1,000 bonus points, which would expire if she didn't use them. She was also told she would be given pre-paid phone cards worth the value of any purchase.

Yu bought a Nokia handset by using her bonus points and paying 1,300 yuan. The center promised to give her 1,300 yuan worth of pre-paid phone cards as a bonus.

The Nokia phone was delivered three days later, when she paid and the delivery man left. Yu later found the cell phone was a counterfeit and the pre-paid phone cards were also fakes.

She called police, who caught the three chief suspects in January this year.


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