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New twist in Internet fraud
( 2003-09-05 10:02) (Shengzhen Daily)

NANHU police are continuing their investigations into a case of the Internet fraud in Shenzhen.

The fraud was revealed in an Internet transaction involving United States citizen Karen Kalagayan.

Kalagayan alleged she tried to buy a digital camera from a woman named Yang Yan, who claimed to have an electronics firm in the International Financial Building in Jianshe Road, Shenzhen.

After she wired US$1,220 to Yang¡¯s account in the Bank of China¡¯s Shenzhen branch July 17, she never received the camera and Yang¡¯s e-mail address disappeared.

A police officer from Nanhu Police Station visited the building Aug. 22 and found that Yang¡¯s company did not exist.

The officer also checked Yang¡¯s bank account Aug. 29, which he said was still in use.

Bank records showed there was only one transaction of US$1,220 on Yang¡¯s account in July but it was a cash deposit and not from a wire transfer from abroad.

¡°I was very puzzled about this and asked the bank to give some explanation. The bank said they also did not understand,¡± he said.

Nanhu Police Station is now asking the relevant departments to help in investigating the records of e-mail communications between Kalagayan and Yang, the police officer said.

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