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#1 Hum

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 13:33

SAN FRANCISCO — Three women accused of defrauding elderly Chinese of their jewelry using a "ghost scam" have been ordered to stand trial, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said Friday.

Huifei Lin, 42, Caiqiong Chen, 43, and Lirong Lin, 57, were arrested and charged on May 15 in connection with a series of scams in which elderly Chinese women were approached and told that they were plagued by evil spirits, and that their families were in danger, according to prosecutors.

The victims would be told to bring all their jewelry and money to a meeting, where they would be put in a bag for a "purification ceremony." The items in the bag would be replaced when the defendants weren't looking.

The three women allegedly stole more than $100,000 in cash and jewelry from five victims.

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#2 f0rk_b0mb

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 13:42

They should stick with doing nails. :laugh:

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 22:53

The victims would be told to bring all their jewelry and money to a meeting, where they would be put in a bag for a "purification ceremony." The items in the bag would be replaced when the defendants weren't looking.


Apparently someone was looking.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 23:45

^ They scammers usually tell the victims not to look in the bag or box for 24 hours, or something bad will happen. :ermm:

Sometimes they burn the bag, getting rid of the 'evil money'.

#5 Shiranui

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 00:32

The superstitious and their money are soon parted.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 11:54

The superstitious and their money are soon parted.


^ This. I have little sympathy for stupidity.

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 12:44

Wow really?



#8 FloatingFatMan

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 12:49

Wow really?

 

Yeah, really! It really is almost a year old thread! Wow!