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Mr Right may turn out to be Mr Wrong

POLICE are warning local single women that seemingly eligible bachelors they meet on the Internet or matchmaking events may be out to swindle them.

This follows a case in which a man is alleged to have cheated several women out of hundreds of thousands of yuan by promising to marry them.

A fit, bespectacled, 30-something, standing 1.8 meters tall, the suspect, surnamed Sun, seemed the ideal husband for many single women, worried they would be "left on the shelf."

However, Sun was a married man with three children, police discovered this month.

And four women who dated him in the past two years ended up losing 400,000 yuan (US$61,005), said Pudong New Area police.

Last year, one of the victims, surnamed Xu, got to know Sun after her parents saw his details posted at the city's matchmaking corner in People's Park. Sun's bogus details claimed he was, "Wang Qianwei, 33, with a 8,000 to 10,000 yuan salary."

After several calls from Xu's parents, Sun was introduced to Xu and they started dating, meeting for coffee and meals. Sun lavished gifts - including a Louis Vuitton bag - on his new girlfriend. Xu was smitten, and when Sun asked for 80,000 yuan in cash towards a deposit for an apartment for them, she gave him the money. But he never showed up again.

Using the same strategy, Sun cheated another two victims, surnamed Sun and Zhang, out of 60,000 and 170,000 respectively, police said. He was traced through license plate numbers.


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