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Unemployed become fraud targets

SEVENTY-THREE fly-by-night job agency swindles were reported by migrant workers and local residents after the Lunar New Year break, city police said yesterday.

Recent graduates and migrant workers were the main targets of the bogus agencies, police said.

A resident surnamed Wang was cheated out of 2,500 yuan (US$366) on February 14 when hunting for jobs online.

Seeing an advertisement for hotel employees, he got in touch with a man who pretended to be a manager and said he had read Wang's resume online. After a telephone interview, Wang was told he had been hired.

But the "manager" couldn't be reached on his cell phone after Wang had transferred 2,500 yuan to the swindler's account for the so-called "application and training fees."


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