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Fake Handsome Korean Oppa Conned RM358,000 From 39 Women In China

In contrast to the selfies he posted online, his real appearance was described as "ordinary-looking" and "short at 160cm tall."

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An unemployed and married 38-year-old man was sentenced to 11 years in prison for swindling 560,000 yuan (RM357,401) from 39 women in China

The con artist, He Gansheng, used three different identities to lure in his victims, who were mostly in their 20s. To trick them, He posed as a good-looking and rich doctor from Shanghai, a lawyer from Shenzen, and a PhD student from Beijing, reported South China Morning Post.

To convince his victims of his identity, He also sent the women fake selfies and personal photos of two handsome South Korean men that he downloaded from the Internet.

None of his victims ever met him in person, but his real appearance was described as “ordinary-looking" and "short at 160cm tall".

After gaining his victims' trust with his fake selfies, He would ask to "borrow" money from them, claiming that he needed it to pay off his mortgage, credit cards, and other bills

He made up stories to avoid paying them back, and when his victims pressured him to pay back his loans immediately, he cut off all contact by blocking them.

His online "girlfriends" lost anywhere from a few thousand to over 110,000 yuan (RM6,467).

He scammed his victims from 2016 to 2020, but his frauds were finally uncovered in May of 2020, when his final victim, a 22-year-old woman, reported him to the authorities after being scammed out of her life savings.

The married man with children was convicted to 11 years and six months in prison and fined 30,000 yuan (RM19,396) in April 2021.

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