Feb 03 2009

Shanzhai Alibaba Grand Prize Winner…tool

Published by at 8:50 pm under Evil and/or Stupid,Hacking for money

Not all Shanzhai’s are created equal.

A Nanjing area prosecutor’s office has arrested four chief suspects in connection with a fraudulent internet scheme. The suspects used a fake Alibaba website (in Chinese, a blatant knock-off  is referred to as “Shanzhai”)  and 400 cell phones to steal hundreds of thousands of yuan from residents in more than 20 provinces and cities.

On 9 April 2008, Nanjing resident Li stated he received notification from Alibaba’s “information system” that his account had been selected as the grand prize winner in a lottery sponsored in cooperation between Alibaba and the Sony Corporation.   The grand prize was 38,000 yuan in cash and a Sony notebook.

Li clicked on the link provided showing the contest’s details and rules. The website also gave a telephone number 40067588XX, which he called numerous times to talk with people who identified themselves as the “Alibaba staff.”  Li used his ATM card to pay contest fees such as “award taxes,” “personal income tax,” “express mail fees, “award insurance,”…etc. The total on that bill came to 26,550 yuan.  Li finally figured out the whole thing was a scam…tears of pride were shed in Nigeria.

Much more stuff but bottom line…

Shanzhai, it is only funny when we do it to you.

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Shanzhai Alibaba Grand Prize Winner…tool”

  1. Adrianon 04 Feb 2009 at 4:52 am

    “…tears of pride were shed in Nigeria”

    Funniest thing I’ve read all day.

  2. Heikeon 04 Feb 2009 at 8:03 am

    It was either that or “a slow ‘golf clap’ began in Nigeria.” :)

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  4. The Operatoron 04 Feb 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Comedy gold-mine. (Hope you don’t mind a quote w/attribution)

  5. Heikeon 05 Feb 2009 at 4:08 am

    Not a bit. Just glad you stopped by!

  6. Alibaba Informationon 09 Feb 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Why is it that people do scam? I hate it when people scam others just to earn more… I hope each human being on earth learns how to say: “Its enough!”