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China’s Ministry of Public Security has revealed the five most prevalent types of fraud perpetrated online or by phone. The e-commerce scam known as “brushing” topped the list and accounted for around a third of all internet fraud activity in China. Brushing sees victims lured into making payment for goods that may not be …

  1. ShadowSystems Silver badge

    Way to go China...

    You've oppressed & pissed off your citizens for so long & so badly that they've finally decided that the best way to fight back is to *stop breeding*. Think about that. People would rather endure a sexless existance rather than risk giving you fresh bodies whom to continue the shitty treatment.

    What will you do when your population falls so low that there's not enough new generation to care for the old generation when that old generation reaches the point that it can no longer care for itself?

    *Slow golf clap*

    1. BOFH in Training Bronze badge

      Re: Way to go China...

      Whatever made you think it will have to be a sexless existance?

      If you are going to be single, you will not really have much in the way of family obligations, eventually (parents pass away due to old age, etc). And most of them will be single child of their parents. That probably means they will have more disposable income then the average family with a kid.

      There are ladies and gentlemen who are available for short term relationship, for suitable payment of course. Am sure they may have an uptick in business. Or, friends with benefits with other likeminded people.

      There are many options to having intercourse which does not require one to be in a long term relationship.

      1. Paul Crawford Silver badge

        Re: Way to go China...

        I was going to mention contraception, but then I would not put it past the CCP to interfere with the availability or functionality of it should they deem not having a child to be seditious activity.

        Seditious; adj.

        1. of, like, or causing sedition

        2. inclined to or taking part in sedition

        3. anything that Winnie-the-Pooh feels unhappy with

        1. Flocke Kroes Silver badge

          Re: Way to go China...

          Watch out: references to Winnie-the-Pooh are often taken away by river crabs wearing three watches.

        2. HildyJ Silver badge

          Re: Way to go China...

          Unfortunately. a number of US politicians are already planning this based on Alito's leaked arguments in Roe v. Wade. For court watchers the relevant case which upheld birth control is Griswold v. Connecticut

      2. Adrian 4 Silver badge

        Re: Way to go China...

        'There are ladies and gentlemen who are available for short term relationship, for suitable payment of course. '

        Pterry used to call them 'Ladies of negotiable virtue'.

        1. Arthur the cat Silver badge

          Re: Way to go China...

          Pterry used to call them 'Ladies of negotiable virtue'.

          I thought it was "negotiable affection"?

    2. Potemkine! Silver badge

      Re: Way to go China...

      Stopping breeding is a good thing and should be encouraged worldwide.

      We are way too many on this planet.

      Taking care of the old generation can be done by taking on the values created by automated systems and AI that will replace many of us anyway. That value can be used to finance taking care of the older ones instead of just feeding the pockets of shareholders.

  2. DrXym Silver badge

    Remember news stories about people receiving packets of seeds?

    That was the brushing scam. There was some mad panic that this might be some kind of bio attack but it was just vendors sending low value crap to random recipients so it could post fake reviews with their name on it.

  3. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    That is the problem with total oversight

    Once you start forbidding some form of online expression, you start a game of whack-a-mole with all the derivatives.

    Well Xi Ping, I'm happy that you give plenty of work for your endless pool of administrative busybodies to continue making the lives of Chinese citizens worse.

    Way to go.

    By the way, you will not suppress dissatisfaction by governmental decree. It will grow and, some day, it will come to bite you in the ass. If you were intelligent, you would let the people vent and listen to what they are venting about. It would give you pointers on what you need to improve.

    You cannot dictate how people feel, and there's more of them than there is of you.

  4. TeeCee Gold badge

    ...victims lured into making payment for goods that may not be delivered...

    Makes me wonder when and if China is going to drag its consumer protection into the 19th century. Then again, if you start giving the proles protection and rights, next thing you know it's up against the wall, blindfold and last fag time.

  5. lglethal Silver badge

    Whenever some politician starts bleating about making everyone sign in with their real names, and all that bollocks as a means of protecting "the people", we really do need to make sure we shove this report in their faces. Even with China's STRICT control of the Chinese internet, the requirement for people to use their real names, the mandated use of the chinese government controlled financial system, Fraud is STILL a massive problem.

    If China with all of it's anti-privacy legislation cant stop Fraud, then I do not see any benefit to bringing that sort of bollocks out here. I'll accept the risk of a bit of fraud in order to protect my privacy. How about you?

    1. Arthur the cat Silver badge

      Whenever some politician starts bleating about making everyone sign in with their real names

      we should say what do you mean by "real name"?

      1. WolfFan Silver badge

        Oh, yeah. So you mandate personal name first, family name last, eh? Good luck with that in most of East Asia. And, I think, Hungary. There may be others. And then there’s many Spanish-speaking countries, where a proper name officially includes your mother’s patronymic. And places like Indonesia, where it’s common to have just one name. And places ranging from England to India where the alleged ‘family’ name derives from some ancestor’s occupation; ‘Smith’ and ‘Patel’ (‘Farmer’) are common. Or where the name comes from a location; pretty much every noble title plus a vast number of common names have those.

        And then there would be writing systems. Latin alphabet, with/without accents and assorted weird Eastern Euro things. And weird Northern Euro things. And weird German things. And combinations of the above. And then there’s Cyrillic. And Hebrew (no vowels). And Arabic. (also no vowels. And both get written right to left.) And don’t get me started on Urdu, Hindi, Thai, Korean… And then there’s Chinese, a whole different concept right there, especially as ‘Chinese’ is really at least six languages which use the same writing system.

        It gets worse. Half of China would have names based on a dozen names. A fifth of Korea shares ‘Kim’. (There’s a bloody reason why at one point the president of South Korea was named Kim, and was no relation whatsoever to the Great/Dear/Young Leaders in North Korea…) About half of Korea uses six names for ‘family’ names. And, for fun, Japanese, which can be written three different official ways. (When you mess it up, Japanese people will just nod politely, mere gaijin aren’t expected to understand how true people do things.)

        And then there are clan (and variants of clans) names.

        And, of course, there are names which change, depending… well, depending on just about anything, depending on where and when. And names based on physical characteristics. (Eric the Red, Rolf Walker) And names based on past behavior. (Bugsy Siegel…)

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Autocracy in China

    Coming soon: The Great American Theocracy!

    Overturning Roe vs Wade etc…

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