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Con man captured when he goes on TV

A con man who swindled money from a dozen people in Xuhui and Jing'an districts was caught yesterday after he showed up on a local TV talent show and was recognized by one of his victims.

Zhao Fanghua, 25, was arrested by police near Wulumuqi Road and Wuyuan Road as he came to meet the victim, Wendy, who saw him on the TV show and tried to settle the matter in private by returning her money.

Wendy said she gave Zhao 100 yuan (US$15.70) on October 4 when he claimed his wallet was stolen and asked her for help on Fuxing Road.

Zhao said he lived in the suburban Qingpu District and asked to borrow 35 yuan from Wendy to go home, promising he would return her money and call her in the evening.

Seeing Zhao was a local Shanghainese and looked honest, Wendy gave him a 100-yuan note as she had no change. But Zhao didn't call her that night and Wendy realized she was cheated.

On November 20, Wendy happened to see Zhao in an ad trailer for a local TV program. She was irritated and posted her experience on the microblog at along with Zhao's video clip and asked other victims to help find the cheater.

Her post was forwarded 87 times and many people said they had met Zhao and were taken in by his trick.

Zhao himself also noticed the microblog and called Wendy. At first, he denied the accusation but later apologized and asked for forgiveness. Wendy reported him to the police but still pretended to meet him to settle the matter in private. She also took a video of Zhao's arrest and uploaded it to her microblog.

She also asked the TV producers to cancel Zhao's qualification to participate in a local TV show called "TopHost."

Zhao later confessed that he had cheated more than 10 people out of about 6,000 yuan, using the same trick, but "it was only for fun."


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