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3 jailed for 130,000 yuan swindle job on 3 women

THREE youths have been sentenced to jail for misrepresenting themselves as senior executives at a Hong Kong lottery company and swindling single women online, the city's court said yesterday.

The three, from 17 to 20, often chatted online with single women, said the Huangpu District People's Court.

They would earn the trust of the victims, then persuade them to buy "lottery tickets" from their company.

The trio, who swindled three victims out of more than 130,000 yuan (US$20,566), were sentenced to terms ranging from five months to three years and nine months.

The swindle came to light in June when a victim from Shanghai surnamed Li lost nearly 100,000 yuan.

Li said she met a man on a match-making website on June 10. The man claimed to be the assistant to the CEO of a lottery firm. After chatting a few times and making some calls, the man "accidentally" leaked some classified lottery information to Li and said he could help her win money if she bought their tickets.

Li sent 60,000 yuan to the bank account provided by the man. The next day, Li got a call from "the company," saying that she won a big lottery. She was asked to pay 38,400 yuan in tax. After Li sent the money, the man and the firm disappeared. Li then realized she was scammed and called the police.

In the same way, a woman surnamed Xu in Gansu Province and a woman surnamed Ye in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region were respectively scammed out of 11,000 yuan and 23,000 yuan by the suspects.


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