Tech­nol­ogy may pro­vide an­swer, Zhipin CEO says on Ten­cent news

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By HOU LIQIANG in Bei­jing and ZHANG MIN in Tian­jin

Ex­perts called for job re­cruit­ment web­sites to strengthen their ver­i­fi­ca­tion of in­for­ma­tion af­ter a grad­u­ate stu­dent ap­par­ently re­ceived an of­fer from scam­mers pos­ing as re­cruiters for a Bei­jing-based com­pany.

The grad­u­ate stu­dent, Li Wenx­ing, was found dead in a pond in Tian­jin’s Jing­hai district on July 14. An au­topsy found that he had drowned.

Po­lice said it’s “highly likely” that the 23-year-old was some­how con­nected with a pyra­mid scheme or­ga­ni­za­tion, as a note­book with pyra­mid scheme con­tent was found with his body. But the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing and the po­lice have not said why Li died.

Li grad­u­ated from North­east Uni­ver­sity in Shenyang, Liaon­ing prov­ince, in 2016

Scam­mers, in­clud­ing op­er­a­tors of pyra­mid sales schemes, have been known in the past to en­trap their tar­gets through of­fers of lu­cra­tive fi­nan­cial re­turns, and then move to forms of ex­tor­tion and even kid­nap­ping.

Ac­cord­ing to jmd­edu.com, which in­ter­viewed Li’s friends and mem­bers of his fam­ily in Dezhou, Shan­dong prov­ince, Li got what he be­lieved to be an of­fer from a Bei­jing-based com­pany’s branch in Jing­hai via re­cruit­ment app Zhipin be­fore he ex­hib­ited un­char­ac­ter­is­tic be­hav­ior and went miss­ing.

The re­cruit­ment in­dus­try has been strug­gling for years with of­fers from pyra­mid op­er­a­tors.” Zhao Peng, CEO of Zhipin

Li’s mother said he told her in his last call not to give money to any­one, the re­port said. Li him­self never bor­rowed money, the web­site quoted fam­ily mem­bers as say­ing, yet he re­cently asked for money three times.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Li’s high school class­mate Ding Xiangcheng said Li dis­cussed the job of­fer — a sup­posed po­si­tion as a soft­ware en­gi­neer — be­fore he left for Tian­jin.

The pur­ported re­cruiters, ap­par­ently pos­ing as em­ploy­ees of Bei­jing-head­quar­tered soft­ware com­pany Csii, may have of­fered Li the job af­ter a phone in­ter­view, Ding said.

Csii, how­ever, said in an on­line state­ment that the peo­ple who con­tacted Li in the com­pany’s name were not its em­ploy­ees.

“The re­cruit­ment in­dus­try has been strug­gling for years with of­fers from pyra­mid op­er­a­tors,” Zhao Peng, CEO of Zhipin, was quoted as say-

houliqiang @chi­nadaily.com.cn

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