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Chinese women warned to be wary of matchmaking scams

  |   Aug. 6, 2013 at 2:01 PM
BEIJING, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Chinese experts are warning women seeking rich husbands to be careful of swindlers posing as wealthy men online.

Zhou Xiaopeng, of popular matchmaking website Baihe, said women often find themselves targeted by scammers posting as rich men on matchmaking sites because they have not been taught how to be cautious, the state-run Chinese news agency Xinhua reported Tuesday.

"Parents and schools haven't taught girls how to date and fall in love. When it's time for them to date and fall in love, however, they just find themselves surrounded by money," Zhou said.

Zhou said women should be skeptical of online matching sites promising to pair them up with rich men.

"For the high-end matchmaking, usually you cannot see the rich, only their subordinates because they are too busy," Zhou said. "And it usually charges ladies no money or only a small amount of money. If they charge you a lot, the organizers are highly likely to be swindlers."

The warning comes after police in Shanghai announced a suspect identified as Li is facing charges for allegedly scamming more than 30 women out of more than $163,000 by posing as a rich man on dating sites and asking women to give cash gifts to his new business.

Meanwhile, authorities in Guangzhou said they are investigating Guangzhou 520 Info Technology's China Entrepreneur Club for Singles, a matchmaking service purporting to introduce women to successful men. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce said the site is not registered with any Guangdong province administrative department and does not have an operation license.

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