43 fraudsters held in dating scam
Police have detained 43 people in a telecom fraud that targeted single people through matchmaking websites. More than 4,100 victims had been bilked out of money — more than 14.5 million yuan ($2.1 million; 2.5 million euros; £2.3 million) altogether, according to the public security bureau of Anqing, Anhui province. In late October, police busted the gang at three sites, confiscating more than 50 computers and freezing 143 bank cards. The suspects rented offices in Hefei, Anqing and Tongcheng and registered matchmaking websites. They won the trust of victims before asking them to pay senior membership fees.