With the rise of telephone scams in mainland China, actress Tang Wei (湯唯) also became a recent victim. Tang Wei was cheated of 210,000 RMB and the case is currently being investigated by the Songjiang District Police Department. Netizens were surprised by Tang Wei falling prey to the scam despite the police’s recent warnings. While some questioned Tang Wei’s intelligence, fans quickly said that their goddess was too naive and lacked societal experience.
According to news reports, Tang Wei was filming in Shanghai when she received a phone call on January 11 and immediately rushed to the nearest bank to transmit the money. It was only hours later did Tang Wei realize it was a scam and she alerted the police immediately.
Tang Wei’s manager, Ms. Deng, confirmed that Tang Wei was indeed cheated of her money but did not want to elaborate on the details. However, she said that Tang Wei is calm despite the loss and is currently busy filming the movie, Tale of Three Cities <三城記>, with Sean Lau (劉青雲). She hopes that the public will learn a valuable lesson through Tang Wei’s mistake.
Telemarketing Scams On Rise in China
Telephone scams have become a growing problem in China, often targeting the rich. The Shanghai Public Security Bureau said last week that telemarketing complaints were up 40 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year. Fraudsters often impersonate law enforcement officers and attempt to scare people into transferring money to “safety accounts”. Police said victims were often retirees and elderly people, but more young and educated people are falling victim to the scams as well.
Naïve and Ignorant
Tang Wei being cheated in the scam has since sparked a heated exchange on the Internet. While some netizens indirectly called Tang Wei ignorant and said she lacked common sense, others excused her gullibility. Fans said, “It turns out that Tang is such a naive and innocent goddess!” Another said, “Celebrities are still humans after all. It is not uncommon for celebrities to be cheated. We should not focus on Tang Wei, but look at the lessons to be learned.”
This article is written by Karen for JayneStars.com.