Also surnamed Huang, she was one of the 19-year-old’s most recent victims, losing over RMB160,000 to his machinations.
After receiving her tipoff near the beginning of July, Yingde police began investigating Mr. They tracked down his location to Tianhe District in Guangzhou, and on August 18, apprehended and transported him back to Yingde.
Although reports say that he's not particularly attractive in person, on the internet Huang created a new persona for himself: an exotic overseas returnee who had studied abroad.
Police said he used online dating sites as a platform to find women and add them on We Chat. Huang kept begging, saying she was his only friend on the mainland.
Under the pseudonym Xiao Chen, he approached her, their encounter seeming innocent enough at first:“At the beginning we didn’t talk much, later he sent a message asking me to add his We Chat, I added him. He said he’d had an argument with his stepmom and in the heat of the moment had driven his car out without even putting on slippers. However, he kept acting pitiful and when Huang reaffirmed that she could lend him money, he asked for RMB200 for food. He had another request: to book a hotel room and pay the deposit, he’d need another RMB2,400. Once his father returned from Thailand, he said, he’d pay her back. Worried that all the cash she'd already handed over would be lost, Ms.
That night, late at night around 3am, he sent a message to introduce himself.”It turned out Xiao Chen had a elaborate backstory: he was 26 years old, was living with his stepmom and older sister while his dad was in Thailand and he had grown up overseas, only recently returning to Guangzhou. Huang kept sending him payments, sometimes borrowing from others to do so. Now, more than a month later, he’s finally been put in criminal detention while his case undergoes further investigation.
A new study, "Quit Playing Games With My Heart: Understanding Online Dating Scams," a collaboration between University College London and Jiayuan, China's largest dating site, revealed the unbelievably creative and involved cons that plague online dating there.
Dating and romance scams often take place through online dating websites, but scammers may also use social media or email to make contact.
They have even been known to telephone their victims as a first introduction.
On August 18, police from Yingde, Guangdong, arrested a teenager suspected of scamming more than RMB1 million from women he added on We Chat. Huang had amassed the money by inventing various stories about being in need, prompting his victims in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Yingde to send him cash via We Chat hongbao or money transfers.
One woman in Yingde finally tipped off police to what was happening.