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Stock investment scam costs woman 500,000 yuan

SHANGHAI police are warning locals not to believe in any black-box operation on the stock market as it is a new kind of scam.
A woman surnamed Sun recently was cheated out of 520,000 yuan (US$81,617) after she believed suspects who had messaged her and asked them to invest in the stock market for her by black-box operation, police said.
The case, still under investigation, started July 10 when Sun received a short message from an unfamiliar number. The message claimed Guotai Jun'an, a famous securities company, was providing a product with a monthly profit of 60 percent.
Sun did not take it seriously at first, but two days ago she reconsidered and clicked the link in the message, police said. Sun was then redirected to a webpage, which offered products that she liked and without knowing they were fakes, she dialed the number on it.
A "customer manager" later told Sun that they could help her earn money on the stock market through a black-box operation, but a 20,000 yuan deposit was needed for confidentiality. Sun purchased the cheapest product at 1,080 yuan and sent the 20,000 yuan deposit.
One day later, all the deposit was returned to Sun as was a "profit" of 520 yuan.
On July 15, the suspects contacted Sun again to ask if she was interested in buying another product. Sun agreed. This time Sun was told to transfer 200,000 yuan to the appointed account as a proof of her financial strength and the money should be returned in five minutes.
Sun did as told but the money was never returned. Instead, Sun was told that there was some alteration to the product and she had to transfer another 100,000 yuan. After Sun finished the transfer, she was told that the stock market was closed and the operation should proceed on the next day.

However, the scam wasn't over yet.
On July 17, Sun was told that her money was frozen due to a problem with the operation. The "customer manager" then provided a number for their "general manager" and suggested Sun to contact him for a refund.
Sun said she was given a confirmation that her money was frozen and was told it would take some time for the refund, but there was another high-profit product available. Sun checked on the Internet and decided the new product should be profitable as claimed.
When Sun called back, she was told she needed a minimum of 500,000 yuan to buy such product, and then she transferred another 200,000 yuan.
The "managers" have not answered the phone since, police said.
The Pudong New Area police said locals should be cautious of any message or phone calls from unfamiliar numbers.
"The number of Guotai Jun'an is 95521 and the account should not be a private one," an officer said. "Suspects usually use private accounts to cheat while securities company will not. It would clearly be a scam."


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