Sus­pected job scam­mers ar­rested

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By ZHOU WENTING in Shang­hai


Shang­hai po­lice have busted a gang of nearly 200 peo­ple who are sus­pected of con­ning more than 3 mil­lion yuan ($460,000) from over 30 vic­tims by promis­ing them jobs at Shang­hai Dis­ney­land.

Po­lice an­nounced the ar­rest of three sus­pected gang lead­ers on April 14, two months ahead of the highly-an­tic­i­pated open­ing of Dis­ney’s first theme park on the Chi­nese main­land.

A taxi driver sur­named Li was the first to re­port the scam to po­lice in Shang­hai Pudong New District, where Dis­ney­land is lo­cated. Li said he once saw a re­cruit­ment ad­ver­tise­ment and di­aled the phone num­ber printed to get more in­for­ma­tion.

Af­ter the per­son on the other line promised Li a man­age­ment po­si­tion at Dis­ney­land, he soon quit his job as a taxi driver and paid 13,000 yuan in “bro­ker­age fees”. How­ever, the man­age­ment po­si­tion that was promised to him turned out to be a clean­ing job.

Li later dis­cov­ered that his other col­leagues man­aged to se­cure jobs at Dis­ney­land by send­ing their re­sumes to the com­pany di­rectly, and none of them had to pay any bro­ker­age fees. Re­al­iz­ing that he was scammed, he made a po­lice re­port on March 26.

Po­lice soon be­gan in­ves­ti­ga­tions and found a man sur­named Shi who was run­ning a chat group ti­tled “Join us at Dis­ney Park” on the WeChat mes­sag­ing ser­vice. There were more than 200 par­tic­i­pants in the group. Shi was ar­rested by the po­lice along with an­other two sus­pects on April 6.

One of the sus­pects, sur­named Xu, re­vealed dur­ing the in­ter­ro­ga­tion that she once worked in an em­ploy­ment agency and be­lieved she could make a big for­tune by pre­tend­ing to of­fer can­di­dates job op­por­tu­ni­ties at Dis­ney­land.

“She al­ways told the peo­ple who called to in­quire that she was a good friend of a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive at Dis­ney­land and hence could en­sure that they stand a higher chance of re­ceiv­ing job of­fers,” said Mi Yangjun, an in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer with the po­lice.

Xu told the po­lice that she would for­ward the re­sumes of th­ese peo­ple to Dis­ney­land when­ever the com­pany re­leased re­cruit­ment no­tices and that some of th­ese ap­pli­cants were ac­tu­ally of­fered jobs.

For those who failed to get job of­fers from Dis­ney­land, Xu charged each per­son more than 10,000 yuan and signed them up for a 20-day train­ing course. More than 30 peo­ple have re­ported this in­ci­dent to the po­lice.

This is not the first time that Shang­hai po­lice have found peo­ple claim­ing they can pro­vide job op­por­tu­ni­ties at Dis­ney­land. In Fe­bru­ary, po­lice caught a group of eight peo­ple who uti­lized ma­jor re­cruit­ing web­sites to post fraud­u­lent job ad­ver­tise­ments for Dis­ney­land, scam­ming more than 100 peo­ple of money they claim was for reg­is­tra­tion fees and phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion costs.

The po­lice has re­minded the pub­lic that the re­cruit­ment in­for­ma­tion for Dis­ney­land will only be re­leased on their of­fi­cial web­site and that the com­pany will never au­tho­rize a third party to or­ga­nize in­ter­views.

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