Fraud­sters told vic­tims they had can­cer

Shanghai Daily - - NATION - (Xin­hua)

CHI­NESE po­lice have de­tained 132 sus­pects for al­legedly com­mit­ting more than 2,000 cross-bor­der med­i­cal frauds in na­tion­wide raids since April, the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity has an­nounced.

The sus­pects be­longed to a fraud syn­di­cate ini­ti­ated by a com­pany named “Si­lande,” based in the city of Dalian, north­east China’s Liaon­ing Prov­ince.

The firm al­legedly de­vel­oped a na­tional fraud net­work through beauty sa­lons.

To lure vic­tims into the fraud, the sa­lons of­fered some of their clients free tours to the United States and Thai­land and then per­suaded them to take what were fake med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions. Peo­ple im­per­son­at­ing doc­tors then warned the vic­tims they were at a high risk of de­vel­op­ing can­cer and tricked them into buy­ing ex­pen­sive “anti-can­cer medicines,” which were, in fact, the pig­ments ly­copene and an­tho­cyanin.

“The scheme tar­geted high­in­come and healthy clients who did not speak English nor had med­i­cal or le­gal back­grounds,” it said.

The il­le­gal money in­volved in the cases to­taled nearly 1 bil­lion yuan (US$145.7 mil­lion), ac­cord­ing to the po­lice.

Dur­ing the raids, po­lice froze about 500 sus­pi­cious bank ac­counts with more than 70 mil­lion yuan.

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