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Car bomb hoaxer held

A MAN has been arrested for allegedly blackmailing car owners by saying there were bombs or explosives in their cars.

Local police said Cai Qiaoming had scammed dozens of car owners and they were investigating how much money Cai had collected.

On July 28, a car bomb scare triggered panic in the city's Baoshan District.

A car owner, surnamed Wang, fled his car and alerted the police after he got a warning call on his mobile saying explosives had been planted in his car.

Bomb disposal experts cordoned off a downtown street but found nothing in the vehicle.

Wang told police the call came when he was driving on an elevated road near Changzhong Road.

He parked at a bus stop and called the police.

Cai, 26, was caught by police at his home in southern China's Fujian Province on August 12. He told police he spent 1,500 yuan (US$220) on buying car owners' information from sources he found on the Internet.

Cai would then blackmail any drivers saying he was a member of criminal gang, police said.

Police said they believed some of the information was gained from an insurance company.

The company will also face punishment if it is found to have leaked information for financial gain.


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