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Cheap cell phones lured users on Internet

FIVE people accused of deceiving Internet users by pretending to sell iPhones and iPads on a second-hand trading website, convincing 14 victims to fork over more than 100,000 yuan (US$15,731), have been charged with fraud, local prosecutors said yesterday.

The suspects are accused of posting fake information, then getting buyers to send money to a sham company.

Prosecutors said the scam victimized 14 people in Shanghai and Zhejiang, Anhui and Sichuan provinces between March and May.

Three suspects posted fake information and the two others pretended to be customer service representatives.

One victim surnamed Yang lost 20,000 yuan trying to buy an iPhone priced at 3,000 yuan. Prosecutors said Yang was told by suspects they had mailed the phone and asked for 3,000 yuan.

They then asked Yang to transfer 3,000.60 yuan more, claiming the fee should have included a decimal and they would refund the 3,000 yuan. When Yang did that, the suspect claimed they could do a refund only when the deal was over 10,000 yuan and asked Yang for 7,000 yuan. They then used the same decimal trick again.


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