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Police capture 6 suspects in fraud scheme

A GANG of six people was caught after they allegedly swindled more than 310,000 yuan (US$ 45,756) from victims through the Internet, city police said yesterday.

More than 30 people around the country were victimized by the gang since April, police said.

The suspects attracted victims by pretending to sell cheap goods online, police said.

The goods offered included second-hand cars, electric appliances and clothing, police said. In one example, the suspects claimed they were selling an Audi car for 36,000 yuan, police said.

A victim surnamed Yang told police that he contacted the suspects last month to buy a second-hand car priced at 30,000 yuan.

The suspects claimed online that the car was cheap because they had a contact who had access to vehicles that had been confiscated by customs.

Yang paid 1,000 yuan, but was told he could not get the car until he paid more. Yang paid another 14,000 yuan but still didn't receive the car. He became suspicious and reported to police when the suspects continued to pressure him for more money, officers said.

In another case, a man surnamed Zhang was deceived into paying 40,000 yuan. Police did not say what Zhang thought he was buying. He deposited the money to the suspects' account from a bank at Hongqiao International Airport, police said.

After not getting his purchase, Zhang reported to police.

Officers found the gang operated mainly in Chongqing Municipality.

With the help of Chongqing police, the gang members were caught at their residences on July 22, police said.


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