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Chinese schoolgirl, 18, dies of heart attack after falling victim to university tuition fee scam

Xu Yuyu came from a underprivileged family and was conned by fraudster claiming to work for the Ministry of Education, according to news report

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 August, 2016, 12:53pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 August, 2016, 12:53pm

An 18-year-old Chinese student who was about to go to university died of a heart attack after she was swindled out of 9,900 yuan (HK$11,500) of cash to pay her tuition fees, according to a newspaper report.

Xu Yuyu, who came from an underprivileged family, was enrolled as a freshman at a university in Nanjing, the Yimeng Evening News reported.

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Her mother told the newspaper that her daughter received a phone call from somebody claiming to be from the Ministry of Education.

Xu was told to pay her tuition fees at a bank into what was later found to be the swindler’s account and she fell for the scam.

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Her family later discovered it was a fraud, but Xu fell seriously ill and died of a heart attack in hospital, according to the article.

Xu came from Linyi in Shandong province and her family had worked hard to collect the money for her tuition fees, the report said.