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The Blessing Scam Is Also Called The “Ghost Scam” Or “Jewelry Scam

祝福騙局也稱為“鬼騙局”或“珠寶騙局”

The blessing scam (also known as the “Ghost Scam” or “Jewelry Scam”) is a confidence trickConfidence trick A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. typically perpetrated against elderly women of Chinese origin.

The scam originated in China and Hong Kong and victims have fallen for it worldwide including in Chinatowns and overseas Chinese communities.

The object of the scam is to persuade the victim to put valuables into a bag, which the perpetrator then secretly swaps for a different bag, enabling them to take the valuables.

祝福騙局(也稱為“幽靈騙局”或“珠寶騙局”)是一種針對中國血統的老年婦女的信心欺騙手段。

該騙局起源於中國大陸和香港,受害者在全世界範圍內都受到了打擊,包括唐人街和華僑社區。

騙局的目的是說服受害者將貴重物品放入一個袋子,然後肇事者秘密地換成另一個袋子,使他們能夠拿走貴重物品。

CHINESE BLESSING SCAMS

Operation of the Scam / 騙局的運作

The scam typically requires three people.

One approaches the victim and casually begins a conversation, introducing the topic of a certain healer, herbalist, traditional doctor or psychic. The second con artist, a shill, appears to coincidentally overhear the conversation and states that they know of and have been helped by the healer in — for example, that the healer cured their broken hand or healed their mother after a stroke. This provides social proof, lending credibility to the first con artist’s depiction of the healer’s powers.

騙局通常需要三個人。

一個人接近受害者,隨隨便便開始對話,介紹某種治療師,中醫師,傳統醫生或通靈師的話題。 第二位騙子,是一個騙子,似乎是偶然聽到了談話,並說他們知道治療者並得到了治療者的幫助-例如,治療者中風後治癒了他們受傷的手或治癒了母親。 這提供了社會證據,為第一位騙子對治療者力量的描繪提供了可信度。

The two then persuade the victim to visit the healer.

In some variants, they happen upon a relative of the healer who also is purported to have special powers; in others, they meet the healer himself. The healer then states that a ghost or spirit is following the victim and that a family member is in danger or some other ill is about to befall her. The healer offers to perform a blessing ritual to get rid of the evil spirits or ghosts.

The Blessing Ceremony requires the victim to put valuables in the bag, reflecting the common religious theme of needing to provide something of value in order to gain blessings. The victim is en