City re­cruits 600 el­derly un­der­cover vol­un­teers to fight il­le­gal pyra­mid scheme

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA -

The Ningbo mar­ket su­per­vi­sion au­thor­ity has built a vol­un­teer team of over 600 el­derly peo­ple to fight health care prod­uct fraud and re­lated il­le­gal pyra­mid schemes, the Qian­jiang Evening News re­ported.

These el­derly peo­ple, many of whom are vic­tims of sim­i­lar fake prod­ucts, play the role of spies, pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on the fraud­u­lent prod­ucts and lo­ca­tion of il­le­gal pyra­mid sell­ing to the su­per­vi­sion bu­reau.

In the city of Haishu, Ningbo, Zhe­jiang Prov­ince, two vol­un­teers helped the lo­cal mar­ket su­per­vi­sion bu­reau crack open a case.

Such fraud­u­lent com­pa­nies are usu­ally very alert about the vis­i­tors at their prod­uct in­for­ma­tion ses­sions. “For such il­le­gal pyra­mid sell­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, they never al­low young peo­ple to come into the ses­sion,” the lo­cal bu­reau staff told the Qian­jiang Evening News.

Pan Jian­fei, the di­rec­tor of the de­part­ment of Health Care Prod­ucts, Food and Cos­met­ics Su­per­vi­sion at the Mar­ket Su­per­vi­sion Bu­reau of Ningbo, said el­derly peo­ple are the tar­gets of such il­le­gal com­pa­nies. Hence, they can gather more clues, but their safety is al­ways a pri­or­ity.

“Among the el­derly volun- teers, half of them have bought fake health care prod­ucts, so they are will­ing to do this work,” Pan said.

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