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Police say Expo scams are numerous

SHANGHAI police are reminding locals and World Expo visitors to be careful as a number of swindling cases in the name of the world fair have been uncovered across the city.

In a recent case, an old man surnamed Chen was charged 1,000 yuan (US$148) for an alleged prize-winning soft drink tab.

Chen met a man who was peddling Coca-Cola cans on a bus to Shanghai. He was told the cans were custom-made for the 2010 World Expo and that every can had a prize - all you had to do was pull the tab to see which prize.

He was told the top prize was 80,000 yuan, police said. Chen spent 1,000 yuan for a prize-winning tab which could allegedly be exchanged for 10,000 yuan. The case was still under investigation yesterday.

Police said this was an old-trick and had appeared years ago but became popular again because of the Expo.

In another case, a Shanghai resident surnamed Xu was cheated of 400 yuan on the Internet while trying to sell her extra Expo tickets. Xu found a website that supposedly purchases Expo tickets. After registering, Xu posted the ticket information, each 20 yuan less than market price and was soon contacted by a buyer.

They made a deal, but the buyer questioned the genuineness of Xu's tickets and asked her to deposit 400 yuan into his bank account, which would be returned once the tickets were delivered and proved to be real.

However, after Xu delivered the tickets and made the deposit, she could no longer contact the buyer.


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