The Chinese-origin ‘pig butchering’ scam

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In this new scam, which originated in China and is now spreading across other countries, a victim is “fattened up” before being butchered or slain.

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New Delhi, First Published Apr 6, 2022, 2:08 PM IST

Cryptocurrency remains a talking point around the world, and where there is money involved, often there are scamsters lurking around. A new scam, known as “pig butchering”, is currently making headlines. In this new scam, which originated in China and is now spreading across other countries, a victim is “fattened up” before being butchered or slain. It’s called “sha zhu pan” in Chinese, which translates as “pig butchering” in English. It is primarily a form of cybercrime that includes relationship and investment fraud. 

Similar to fattening a pig, the criminal forms a connection with the victim over months before getting them to invest in a bogus firm and, symbolically, murdering the victim. Con artists on dating apps and social media groom prospects for…

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