Re­newed bid to root out scam­mers wel­come

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - FIVE PEO­PLE HAVE BEEN DE­TAINED

for their in­volve­ment in the death of a 23-year-old univer­sity grad­u­ate, who was found dead in a pond in Tian­jin’s Jing­hai district last month, af­ter re­port­edly fall­ing vic­tim to a fake job ad­ver­tise­ment and be­ing tricked into a pyra­mid scheme. Bei­jing News com­mented on Tues­day:

On the same day the col­lege grad­u­ate died an­other 25-year-old lost his life in Jing­hai, which is home to crim­i­nal net­works that take ad­van­tage of ill-in­formed and naive job seekers who re­spond to fake job ad­ver­tise­ments, then em­ploy ev­ery pos­si­ble trick — such as brainwashing, swin­dling, beat­ing and de­tain­ing — to force them to prey on other prospec­tive vic­tims.

A fraud­u­lent em­ploy­ment ad­ver­tise­ment pub­lished on Zhipin, a pop­u­lar re­cruit­ment web­site, lured the 23-year-old grad­u­ate to Jing­hai on May 20. He was not alone in fall­ing for such scams. Last year the Cy­berspace Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China shut down 16 re­cruit­ment web­sites in a cam­paign tar­get­ing il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to re­cruit­ment web­sites, from fake job of­fers to pyra­mid pro­mo­tions.

Po­lice said 3,000 law en­force­ment of­fi­cers have now been dis­patched to hunt down those in­volved in such schemes. They also pledged to

co­or­di­nate with neigh­bor­ing prov­inces to break the net­works.

Im­proved cross-re­gional en­force­ment is more than nec­es­sary to com­bat pyra­mid schemes, which have be­come a ma­lig­nant tu­mor in so­cial gov­er­nance. The tragic death of two young men in Jing­hai is just the tip of the ice­berg, and should be a wakeup call to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties. Con­sis­tent, stan­dard­ized ef­forts are called for to elim­i­nate such deadly scams across the coun­try, par­tic­u­larly in Cen­tral and South China.

The truth is that most parts of China have scam­mers, who go to great lengths to avert su­per­vi­sion and re­cruit fol­low­ers. They even feel lit­tle shame in brainwashing their fam­ily and friends. The re­cent de­ten­tion of a Jing­hai res­i­dent, who was ac­cused of know­ingly rent­ing his house to pyra­mid sell­ers, marks a laud­able move to root out who­ever is be­hind such crimes.

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