Hangzhou Cafe Runs Complex Scam to Defraud Wealthy Men

Hangzhou Cafe Runs Complex Scam to Defraud Wealthy Men
Sep 02, 2015 By eChinacities.com

An ordinary-looking cafe in Hangzhou's Jianggan District was found to be running a complex online dating scam to defraud wealthy men.

The shop never seemed to have much business from passerby, but men accompanied by young women were often seen passing through. The police began to stake out the cafe in April and May after a number of customer complaints.

The prices on the cafe's menu were ridiculously expensive, the priciest item being an 1888 Yuan bottle of wine. The menu was mostly wine and simple fruit plates ranging from 388 Yuan to 1888 Yuan. The wine was very cheap, not worth much more than a bottle of soda.

The shop owner, Zhang, 40, had lived in Hangzhou in 10 years. He had previously owned a regular cafe, but then thought of a way to make money much faster.

Zhang recruited 10 men to pretend to be young women on WeChat, Momo, and other social media platforms. They would chat with men, and record their information, and economic status. Zhang would pick the best of the men to go on a “date” with one of the three or four beautiful women Zhang hired. The woman would insist on going to the cafe, where the men would be pressured to spend a small fortune and buy several bottles of thousand yuan wine.

The men who lured the dates in on WeChat received 10 to 15% of the profits as commission. The women who met up with the men would take 20 to 30%.

Zhang and his entire staff were arrested by Hangzhou police. Police found a total of 35 people involved in the scam. The cafe gang had cheated over 60 men while running their scam.

Source: inews.qq.com

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englishman23
comment|64527|60344

this happens to virtually every foreigner that visits or lives in China in some way or another, and we get fkd over many many many times. Its nice to see they fk their own people too for a change!

Sep 05, 2015 21:44 Report Abuse

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Guest2650392
comment|64522|294488

Backstabbing, scams, fakes, theft, extortions, framing, lame excuses, all came out of the pathological minds of certain have-nots against the have. Little wonder prc wiped out traditional chinese values with the cultural revolution as this kind of have-nots are called the lowest of scums under traditional chinese values.

Sep 05, 2015 09:43 Report Abuse

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bill8899
comment|64519|81937

Here I am. Rock you like a hurricane. Or just make polite conversation while you spend 4000 rmb on cheap wine.

Sep 05, 2015 09:11 Report Abuse

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mikesingh
comment|64512|1576241

what an idea sir

Sep 04, 2015 15:54 Report Abuse

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silverbutton1
comment|64486|227751

the men were idiots. it was the men who were scammed that made the complaints. the men should have demanded they go elsewhere...problem solved.

Sep 03, 2015 08:40 Report Abuse

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dgz
comment|64480|299391

Complex scam? Maybe complex for their idiot pea sized brains.

Sep 02, 2015 23:21 Report Abuse

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Guest2763082
comment|64476|307009

Chinese Ashley Madison.

Sep 02, 2015 18:02 Report Abuse

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Guest388182
comment|64469|43131

No problem sweetie, I got cash; let me prove it to ya

Sep 02, 2015 17:33 Report Abuse