A criminal gang in east China concocted a story about a woman being forced into marriage to cheat men out of their money. Photo: Sina.com.cn

Chinese men tricked out of US$119,000 by crime gang’s sob story about woman forced into marriage; 30 detained

  • Social media users duped after falling for tale of girl having to sell traditional Chinese medicine to help pay back bride price
  • Police say about 300 men, most aged 30 to 50, were fooled into parting with their cash
Topic |   China Society

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A criminal gang in east China concocted a story about a woman being forced into marriage to cheat men out of their money. Photo: Sina.com.cn
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A high price and ease of portability made cordyceps a popular currency among corrupt officials. Photo: David Wong

‘Himalayan Viagra’ the focus of China’s latest anti-corruption campaign

  • Fungus that grows on caterpillars and sells for more than gold has become a popular currency among crooked officials
  • Authorities in Qinghai province announce three-month campaign to combat use of ‘local specialities’ to finance crime
Topic |   Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign

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A high price and ease of portability made cordyceps a popular currency among corrupt officials. Photo: David Wong
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