Woman from Zhejiang sends 500,000 RMB worth of gold products via courier, police intercept package

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10th June 2024 – (Shaoxing) A woman identified as Ms. Li (alias) from Shaoxing, Zhejiang, narrowly escaped a potential investment scam after purchasing gold products worth 500,000 RMB from Lukfook Jewellery. Ms. Li had an unusual request to have the valuable package shipped to an out-of-town location. It was the keen observation and quick thinking of the store manager that averted a potential disaster, as the manager sensed something suspicious and promptly sought assistance from the local police.

On 28th May, the female store manager at Lukfook Jewellery’s counter urgently reached out to the Tashan Police Station in Shaoxing’s Yuecheng District. She reported that a customer, Ms. Li, had contacted the store inquiring about the availability of a substantial amount of gold inventory and whether the store could facilitate shipping the gold on her behalf. After purchasing the gold products with a total value of 500,000 RMB, Ms. Li, accompanied by the store staff, proceeded to send the package via courier. However, the store manager became increasingly suspicious as it was uncommon for customers to ship gold purchases.

Upon inspection, the police officers discovered that the package was addressed to a courier collection point. Acting swiftly, they reported the situation to the Anti-Fraud Center of the Yuecheng Public Security Bureau and simultaneously contacted Ms. Li. The police claimed to be concerned about her substantial purchase of valuable items and expressed their desire to visit her in order to raise awareness about fraud prevention.

With the assistance of the police, Ms. Li’s gold products, valued at 500,000 RMB, was successfully retrieved before the cargo plane took off. However, when questioned at her workplace, Ms. Li initially denied being a victim of fraud and insisted that the sent gold was intended as a “gift” for a friend’s wedding. Despite her denial, the on-site police officers persisted, continuously educating her about recent types of scams. Eventually, Ms. Li admitted that in mid-May, she had been contacted by an individual claiming to be an investment manager in the photovoltaic industry. The person introduced an investment opportunity with a promising background and future prospects. Intrigued, Ms. Li clicked on a link provided by the individual, leading her to a website showcasing various precious metal investment options.

According to Ms. Li’s account, the manager instructed her to download a messaging app and join a chat group with over 220 members. Within the group, individuals claimed to have made substantial profits and several newcomers, including Ms. Li, sought advice on how to invest. Ms. Li mentioned that daily lectures were conducted by instructors, discussing the project’s prospects and investment returns. She even privately inquired about the investment situations of other group members, and they all claimed to have made profits.

Later on, the manager assigned a “customer service” representative to provide one-on-one online assistance to Ms. Li and let her experience profit withdrawals. The representative introduced two methods of investment recharge: online recharge and the “send gold” method. In the latter, investors were required to purchase gold and send it to the customer service representative, who would credit the equivalent amount to their account.

The project manager specifically instructed Ms. Li not to disclose her investments to the police and taught her how to deceive law enforcement officers. After initially opting for online recharge, Ms. Li was told by the customer service representative that she would have to join a waiting list, even if she increased her investment amount to 500,000 RMB, with 1,000 people ahead of her. Fearing to miss out on the opportunity, and witnessing others making profits, Ms. Li decided to send a package containing gold products worth 500,000 RMB. The representative assured her that by sending photos of the gold and the courier receipt, the corresponding amount would be credited to her account.

After thorough analysis by the police, Ms. Li finally realized she had been deceived. She admitted, “They instructed me to deceive all of you [the police], claiming that the gold products were a gift for a friend’s wedding.” Furthermore, she revealed that she had informed the project manager about the police contacting her, and the manager instructed her not to disclose any information about her investments while teaching her deceptive tactics to mislead the officers.