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Police arrest scam artists who asked for donations

AFP , SHANGHAI

Chinese police said yesterday they had broken up a gang of eight people accused of sending fake cellphone messages asking for donations of money after the devastating earthquake that struck southwest China.

Police in Shanghai, the country’s financial hub, said in a statement that they had received a number of reports of messages sent to mobile phone users calling for donations after Monday’s deadly quake in Sichuan Province.

“Daddy and mummy, the quake has depleted me of everything and I am in urgent need of money! Please send money to my friend’s bank card,” one such message carried in yesterday’s Shanghai Morning Post read, followed by an account number.

The police tracked the messages and bank accounts and on Thursday arrested the swindlers, headed by a man surnamed Hu, in Guizhou Province, the police statement said.

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