So-called empty package scams don’t even need the packages anymore. Fake tracking codes are used to launder money across borders. Photo: Nora TamSo-called empty package scams don’t even need the packages anymore. Fake tracking codes are used to launder money across borders. Photo: Nora Tam
So-called empty package scams don’t even need the packages anymore. Fake tracking codes are used to launder money across borders. Photo: Nora Tam

E-commerce schemes involving empty boxes, QR codes and fake tracking numbers are linked to gambling and money laundering in China

  • Police uncovered 2,700 websites involved in empty package schemes that are used for money laundering
  • Mysterious empty packages have long been used in so-called brushing scams to boost e-commerce sellers’ ratings

Topic |   Scams and swindles
So-called empty package scams don’t even need the packages anymore. Fake tracking codes are used to launder money across borders. Photo: Nora TamSo-called empty package scams don’t even need the packages anymore. Fake tracking codes are used to launder money across borders. Photo: Nora Tam
So-called empty package scams don’t even need the packages anymore. Fake tracking codes are used to launder money across borders. Photo: Nora Tam
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