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Machete-Carrying Chinese Villager Makes Persuasive Case for Swindlers to Return Money to Elderly Victims

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Kristin Huang reports: A man in southern China has taken the law into his own hands – a machete he uses for work – to persuade a group of swindlers to return a large sum of money they had cheated from his elderly neighbors, a mainland newspaper reported.

Recently, many elderly residents in Zhenlong county had fallen victim to the gang, losing from 500 yuan to more 3,000 yuan each (US$72 to US$435), according to the Southern Metropolis Daily.

The victims were conned into buying expensive but non-effective health care products and nutritional supplements, police said.

When police caught up with the gang during a raid in the village on Saturday, one of the salesmen refused to refund the money and hid in a minivan.

 Some of the dodgy merchandise that was fobbed off to elderly villagers. Photo: Handout

Some of the dodgy merchandise that was fobbed off to elderly villagers. Photo: Handout

At that moment, Liang Xiongzhi, a 44-year-old forest worker who lives in the village, cracked open the van’s window with his machete.

Liang makes his livelihood harvesting agarwood, used in incense, and always carries the knife in his car.

The swindlers then decided it would be a good idea to return the money … (read more)

Source: scmp.com

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