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Pig Butchering Scams?

What is that? It is the New Combination of Romance Scams & Investment ScamsInvestment Scams When a caller claims to have a promising investment opportunity that will help you get rich quick, it's likely a scam.

This new variation of scams began to immerge in 2020 and originated from China.

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The New Scam

A scamming strategy called “pig butchering” that started in China is spreading beyond both border and language, transforming into a global fraudFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim. racket. It is also called “Kill the Plated PigPig Butchering This is a scam type that originated in China involving the scammer developing a relationship with the victim - sometimes romantic sometimes not - and leading the victim to invest in a fake company or asset. These typically target smart younger women.” scam in Chinese.

According to one organization, the primary victims of the scheme outside China are Chinese nationals or ethnically Chinese people living in Southeast Asia (this is the problem with listening to amateurs). However, the reality is that more than a third of the victims are non-Chinese people in North America and Asia, showing how the demographic targeted is rapidly expanding.

This type of scam is called “sha zhu pan” in Chinese, or “pig butchering” in English.

The scam involves the fraudsterFraudster A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. building a relationship, often romantic but not always, with the victim over months, akin to fattening the pig, before convincing them to invest money into a fake venture, slaughtering the animal.

How It Works

Online scammers try to build months-long relationships with their victims before convincing them into fraudulent investments.

70 percent of the victims of ‘pig butchering’ scams were usually women.

The losses can be very significant, averaging US$98,000 based on current reports.

Unlike traditional romance scams, most of those who fell for “pig-butchering” scams were people in their 20s and 30s who have a decent education, with nearly 90 percent of them holding a bachelor’s degree or higher.

“The immense scale, professional training, and organized operation behind each scam are astonishingly sophisticated!”

“The most successful perpetrators are irresistible online conversationalists who are incredibly well-versed about life and finances in the cities and countries they target.”

The scam left about a third of the victims in debt, and over 40 percent lost more than half of their net worth, various reports say.

These scams have become common in North America as of late 2020.

“It far too often destroys the lives of people who had bright futures at the prime of their careers – draining bank accounts, breaking families, straining marriages, derailing life goals and triggering suicides”

“Pig butchering” was first reported in China in the early 2010s, but it spread like wildfire after 2018 because Chinese scammers took advantage of ethnically Chinese people interested in the gambling industry in Southeast Asia.

The Relationship To Gambling

Casino gambling is illegal in China, except in Macau. Southeast Asian countries like the Philippines, Cambodia, and Singapore became attractive gambling destinations for Chinese nationals.

In the Philippines, gambling websites called POGOs (Philippines Offshore Gaming Operators) target Chinese nationals gambling online and have become big business, and a headache for Filipino authorities.

Sophisticated fake corporate operations, largely made up of people of Chinese descent, targeted these Chinese nationals by asking them to place bets on their fake website, where they would never receive any payout for their “winnings”.

Expanding

The demographic has expanded in recent years and the scams are no longer confined to online gaming platforms or Chinese nationals.

There is no official data on the number of pig butchering scams busted in China each year, but figures from some local governments suggest they are rampant.

Recently, Beijing police busted an 18-person gangGang A gang is normally a group or society of associated criminals with a defined leadership and internal organization that identifies with or claims control over a territory or business practice in a community and engages, either individually or collectively, in illegal, and possibly violent, behavior. Online gangs are not limited by territory and may operate side by side with other gangs while engaging in crime online. Some members of criminal gangs are initiated (by going through a process of initiation), or have to prove their loyalty and right to belong by committing certain acts, usually theft or violence, or rituals. Gangs are usually rougher and more visible than scammer cartels, and more often arrested. based in Myanmar who tricked more than 50 victims across China out of nearly 10 million yuan (US$1.55 million), according to Beijing Daily.

Last year in Changsha, the capital city of central China’s Hunan province, police arrested 270 separate online scams that stole over 500,000 yuan (US$77,300). Half of them were love-investment scams, the city’s public security bureau said in January.

According to the report, the cases are difficult for police to prosecute, partly because scammers have leveraged the anonymity and lack of jurisdiction provided by cryptocurrencies.

“The scammers would not have been so successful without the technology and services of the digital ecosystem, yet victims and their immediate families are left to bear the entire costs of the scam and resulting debts to banks, lending agencies and loan sharks.”

Summary

We can only warn you not to accept investment advice from someone you only know online. Fake newsFake news Fake news is false or misleading information presented as news. It often has the aim of damaging the reputation of a person or entity, or making money through advertising revenue. However, the term does not have a fixed definition and has been applied more broadly to include any type of false information, including unintentional and unconscious mechanisms, and also by high-profile individuals to apply to any news unfavourable to his/her personal perspectives., urban legends, and fake investment advice should never be considered.

If you become a victim of one of these scams report it at once to your local police – specifically to their Fraud Detectives. Then to your national police or the FBIFBI FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Justice, the FBI is also a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A leading U.S. counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes, including financial fraud. at www.IC3.gov, and also on www.Anyscam.com so it goes our through the SCARS network.

We also recommend that you use the SCARS RED BOOK to fully record a record of this crime to aid in reporting it to the police. You can obtain your copy of the SCARS RED BOOK Scam Organizer at shop.AgainstScams.org

After the scam is over, please read our guides for new victims here! You may also want to join one of our professional SCARS Scam Victims’ Support GroupsSupport Groups In a support group, members provide each other with various types of help, usually nonprofessional and nonmaterial, for a particular shared, usually burdensome, characteristic, such as romance scams. Members with the same issues can come together for sharing coping strategies, to feel more empowered and for a sense of community. The help may take the form of providing and evaluating relevant information, relating personal experiences, listening to and accepting others' experiences, providing sympathetic understanding and establishing social networks. A support group may also work to inform the public or engage in advocacy. They can be supervised or not. SCARS support groups are moderated by the SCARS Team and or volunteers. on Facebook. Contact us and we will place you in a qualified group.