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Foreigners hit by bogus cash

THREE people were jailed for 10 months and fined 20,000 yuan (US$2,926) each for duping foreigners with forged money, authorities said yesterday.

Police have confiscated the fake notes with a face value of 16,000 yuan and all with serial numbers beginning with "HD90."

"Foreign visitors should be on the alert," said Xia Feng, an officer with Huangpu District police.

The nation began cracking down on fake money with "HD90" last year.

One of three offenders, Zang Xinyu, 27, met a German tourist in a Huangpu District entertainment venue on February 18.

She talked the German into exchanging euros for yuan.

Zang told the victim she wanted to collect foreign currencies, according to police.

The victim later parted with 180 euros and US$30 in a motel room.

He discovered the scam next day when he tried to check out with the fake yuan.

Police officers cornered Zang near Nanjing Road about noon on February 25. She was wearing the same glasses and clothes caught on the motel's surveillance camera.

After questioning Zang, officers raided her residence in Zhabei District at 8pm.

They seized Zang's husband, Xu Chao, and their friend, Xu Aijun.

Zang pulled a similar trick on a foreigner last November. The three, from Jiangsu Province, were arrested in March.


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