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‘Fake general and colonel’ arrested as Chinese authorities target scammers posing as members of army

China’s army and police recently arrested two people accused of pretending to be senior officers to extort money from members of the public, state media reported.
The arrests in Beijing were the latest in a crackdown on impostors who pretend to be members of the People’s Liberation Army that began in July.
A man, who posed as a general, and a woman, who pretended a senior colonel, had claimed that they could make a person a colonel as long as they donated 15 million yuan (US$2.3 million) to a special fund called “Royal Soldier”, China Central Television reported last week.
The man, using a pseudonym and claiming to be the fund’s secretary general on his card, was reported to have confessed that the pair had started the scam at the start of last year.
It was not known whether they had succeeded in getting any money this way.
Authorities also found more than 10 boxes of counterfeit uniforms and regalia at their residence, the report said.
More than 270 people have been detained in similar cases since the launch of the crackdown in July, for which the PLA and the Public Security Ministry set up a special task force.
Over 15,000 items of fake uniforms and objects using the PLA’s logo were seized during this period.
CCTV said criminals were continuing to manufacture and sell fake army gear and posing as officers despite repeated crackdowns.
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According to a previous CCTV report, the authorities raided eight places making or selling counterfeit army uniforms.
Those items were often bought by people who were trying to trick members of the public into donating money in the belief it would benefit members of the PLA.
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