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Migrant workers are easy prey to scams

SONGJIANG District police are warning male migrant workers against small ads and flyers that lie about being paid to get someone pregnant.

Police said a victim surnamed Zhang was recently swindled 7,000 yuan (US$1,065) after he saw a flyer that said a 29-year-old wealthy widow in Hangzhou was trying to find a healthy man to give her a child. The man will be rewarded with a big sum of money.

Intrigued, Zhang called the number on the flyer and a man who claimed to be the woman's lawyer gave Zhang a quick interview on the phone, then gave him the woman's number.

After several calls, the woman agreed to meet Zhang but asked Zhang to send her some money to buy her train ticket and make-ups as a proof of his seriousness.

Zhang was so hooked and did what he was told. He transferred 7,000 yuan to her account but he lost her contact soon after, police said.

Police said the flyers were mostly posted around construction sites to allure migrant workers who are innocent and naive and in need of money.


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