Related News

Home » Metro

Man accused of faking own kidnapping to extort money from dad

A MAN who faked his own kidnapping to extort money from his father was caught by Qingpu District police when he went to pick up 5,000 yuan (US$825) in ransom money, police said today.

The man, surnamed Zhang, worked at a delivery company and had trouble making ends meet, police said.

When the Spring Festival was around the corner, he asked his father for money, but his father refused. Zhang then decided to trick his father by faking his kidnapping, police said.

On January 20, he asked a friend, surnamed Wu, to help him and promised to give Wu 500 yuan.

That night, Wu sent text messages and made phone calls to Zhang’s father on Zhang’s mobile phone, claiming that Zhang had been kidnapped. He said Zhang’s father should prepare the 5,000 yuan in cash wrapped in a black bag and place it under a telephone pole at an intersection. Zhang even tried to urge his father on by making a phone call himself, police said.

Zhang’s father prepared the money and called police at the same time. Around 10pm, Zhang called another friend, Guo, to go with him to fetch the money. However, they were caught on the spot by police who were waiting at the appointed place.

Zhang has been detained on suspicion of extortion.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend