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Woman conned out of US$130,000 by fraudsters posing as Hong Kong film producer

Four men from Fujian province jailed for up to 11 years for the dating scam, a news website reports

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 June, 2017, 2:54pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 June, 2017, 2:54pm

Four men have been jailed in eastern China for conning a woman out of the equivalent of nearly US$130,000 by pretending to be a Hong Kong film producer, according to a news website report.

The men from Zhangping in Fujian province posed on the internet as a man looking for romance and befriended a woman from South Korea, Taihainet.com reported.

They made contact with the woman in March last year and pretended to be a producer at the Golden Harvest film production company in Hong Kong.

The gang tricked the woman into paying them 880,000 yuan to help fund a movie they pretended to be working on.

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The woman never met her “boyfriend” and only chatted with the men through the social media app WeChat, the report said.

The woman borrowed money from her friends and family to pay the men.

The fraud only came to light after the woman was caught trying to embezzle money from her company to pay her “boyfriend”.

The four men, who are all in their twenties, were given jail terms of up to 11 years by the court in Zhangping, the report said.