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Mobile phone repair fraud gang busted

Twenty suspects have been arrested for allegedly running mobile phone repair services to defraud people, Shanghai police said yesterday.

The suspects allegedly earned 30 million yuan (US$4.7 million) by charging their customers money for services they didn’t need.

Police in Changning District started their investigation after a man surnamed Ni reported his case to them earlier this year.

Ni said he searched for mobile phone repair services on the Internet after his phone developed a cracked screen and contacted an online service provider which appeared in the first search results.

Ni was told that 200 yuan (US$31) would solve his problem and he was asked to take his phone to a repair shop in an office building near Zhongshan Park. However, at the shop, he was told that the inner screen of his phone was also broken and advised to replace it with an “authentic screen” for 3,200 yuan. He paid the money and got his phone fixed.

Not long after, his phone broke again, and at another repair shop, he was told that the inner screen was never changed and had no problem.

After an investigation, police found that the online service provider was a company based in Fujian Province which had 15 Internet stores and 20 phone repair shops in six cities.

The suspects allegedly defrauded people by first attracting them online with low repair costs and then charging them high fees, when they visited their shops, with false claims about the problems with their phones.


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