Technology may provide answer, Zhipin CEO says on Tencent news
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-