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Scalpers use crowds as cover on weekends

SCALPERS of China Pavilion reservation tickets, fake Haibao toy sellers and vendors peddling Expo passports with full stamps are all extending their business right up to the World Expo site on weekends, when heavy crowds ensure it is difficult to spot them.

A vendor selling fully-stamped Expo passports was spotted by Shanghai Daily at the entrance to the Africa Joint Pavilion on Sunday.

The vendor, a middle-aged man, waited at the entrance holding several passports, and was behaving like a normal visitor, checking his passports and pretending to wait for his friends. But occasionally he would whisper to passing visitors, asking them if they wanted a passport with full stamps for only 200 yuan (US$29.5).

Some China Pavilion reservation ticket scalpers are using the same modus operandi to remain low-key - murmuring to visitors at popular pavilions.

Besides, fake Haibao sellers are working out new ways to avoid supervision, with an enterprising peddler revealing how she managed to pass the security check at the Expo site entrance by wrapping up the Haibao toys tightly in black rubbish bags and then stuffing them deep in some big bags.

She was selling the fake Haibao toys for a mere 10 yuan for three near the United Kingdom Pavilion, attracting a lot of children and teenagers.


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