Wo­man scams 3 mil­lion yuan from house buy­ers

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - PULSE -

A wo­man from Songjiang dis­trict has been ac­cused of de­fraud­ing 3 mil­lion yuan ($454,200) through a scam in­volv­ing the phony sale of two apart­ments to more than 10 sep­a­rate buy­ers.

The sus­pect, sur­named Liu, took down pay­ments from each of the po­ten­tial buy­ers, in­clud­ing 1 mil­lion yuan from a sin­gle vic­tim, sur­named Chen. After be­com­ing sus­pi­cious about the de­lay in hand­ing over the prop­erty de­spite sign­ing a con­tract, Chen fi­nally went to the author­i­ties at the end of 2016.

To his sur­prise one day, Chen found he was no longer able to con­tact the house owner, so he im­me­di­ately called in the po­lice.

Un­der ques­tion­ing, Liu con­fessed that she was heav­ily in debt and had de­cided to ad­ver­tise both prop­er­ties on real es­tate web­sites.

She tried to jus­tify the de­lay in hand­ing over the prop­er­ties by telling po­lice that the two apart­ments had re­cently been given to her by the gov­ern­ment as part of a re­lo­ca­tion pack­age, and that own­er­ship regulations pro­hibit the trans­fer of such prop­er­ties within the first three years.

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