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Chinese scammers have reportedly stolen a whopping $529 million dollars from Indian residents using instant lending apps, lures of part-time jobs, and bogus cryptocurrency trading schemes, according to the cyber crime unit in the state of Uttar Pradesh. As of last April, the coppers had busted a network of criminals worth …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    There’s a twist

    usually it is Indian scammers ripping money out of western people. Often old people which probably explains the amount of “account managers” calling me with some “investment plan”.

    Dear India, I have zero sympathy.

    1. Robert Helpmann??

      Re: There’s a twist

      I can't decide if it is a case of greater and lesser fleas or turtles all the way down. Either way, I am glad at least some of the conspirators got collared.

    2. Evil Auditor Silver badge

      Re: There’s a twist

      Well, I have generally not an awful lot of sympathy for people falling victim of scams - specifically if the scam relies on people's greed and/or belief in magic. And I do see it as a bit ironic that in this case it has been "India" being scammed. However, I have zero sympathy for your Dear India, I have zero sympathy as it somehow implies that it is the whole nation being scammers.

  2. Steve Kerr

    Love when the Indian scammers call

    Have some great calls with the scammers until they start swearing at me - much entertainment.

    Although it's crap that people got scammed out of money, is a bit funny that the what seems to be the majority of scammers are themselves being scammed.

    The icing on the cake is if those scum that scammed people out of money were then scammed out those illgotten gains.

    1. Evil Auditor Silver badge
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      Re: Love when the Indian scammers call

      The icing on the cake... Just imagine:

      "Officer, they scammed three gazillion rupees out of me!" - "Erm, sir, how did you get that much wealth in the first place??" - "Scam. I mean: Microsoft Support Calls"

  3. First Light

    I do feel sympathy for the victims. But I wish the Indian Central (federal) and State authorities were even half as aggressive and successful in going after their non-Chinese-supported indigenous scammers. Homegrown scammers likely pay off the local plod, whereas international ones probably don't.

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