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City busts gang of swindlers selling fake iPhones

By Zha Minjie   (Shanghai Daily)

09:53, May 28, 2013

Shanghai police have busted a gang who conned people by claiming to be employees of telecom companies and selling fake iPhones.

The gang has so far admitted to more than 2,000 scams nationwide this year and raked in profits of over 300,000 yuan (US$48,983), police said. Officers said they had detained 18 suspects, including their gang leader, surnamed Liu.

The con game came to light on May 15 when a woman claimed she received a call from a telecom company staffer who was promoting iPhones for 1,600 yuan. The caller said the money would be returned to them in installments in two years. When she received the iPhone, she realized she was cheated.

Police traced the gang through the courier companies who did their deliveries. Two undercover police officers raided Liu's warehouse on May 23 and seized nearly 400 fake cell phones of famous brands like iPhone and Nokia and more than 2,100 fake recharging cards.

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