A man surnamed Yang was detained by police in Shangqiu, Henan province, over the weekend on a charge of colluding with two men to fake his own abduction.
Local police launched an investigation upon receiving a report that Yang's "kidnappers" were demanding a 10,000 yuan ($1,400) ransom.
Yang and his accomplices surnamed Zhou and Pan were apprehended upon withdrawing the sum from an ATM.
Yang admitted to conspiring to "kidnap" himself with the intent of extorting money from his parents, because they had refused to buy him a Nintendo computer.
(Dongfang Jinbao News)