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Court tries 6 men in delivery scam case

SIX men went on trial on Thursday for a scam in which they sent packages with next to nothing in them to customers who had requested cash-on-delivery services.

More than 40 residents have been victimized in the scam, Huangpu District heard as prosecutors said the booming delivery industry lacks proper oversight.

Prosecutors said the men, who are in their 20s and unemployed, bought delivery slips from a delivery company and then replaced them with fake ones.

Customers were astonished to find that they received wastepaper and other unrelated stuff inside the packages, Huangpu District Court heard.

Victims were cheated out of hundreds of yuan and in one case a person lost 2,000 yuan (US$314), the court heard.

One victim, surnamed Zhang, told the court he ordered a watch online last year. He said it was valued at 584 yuan, but when he opened the package he found only a few cigarettes and wastepaper in the box.

"When I contacted the seller I was told the watch had not been sent," Zhang told the court.

Police found a delivery company employee surnamed Wang sold information to the six men, the court heard. Wang received more than 15,000 yuan for providing details on 750 deliveries.

The defendants sent fake delivery staff to get money from the cash-on-delivery packages, the court heard. In many cases customers paid before checking their packages. When customers asked to check the goods first the delivery people would say the wrong package had been sent and leave the scene, the court heard.

A verdict was not reached.


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