CHINA: Xin Weilin, once hailed as an “anti-scam fighter” after escaping a Myanmar scam den, is reportedly arrested in China for scam-related crimes.
The story of Xin has been widely reported by media in China, detailing his experience of being abducted and later transferred to a scam operating centre in Myanwaddy.
According to Chinese media report, victims complained of deception in an online travel recommendation program promoted by Xin Weilin.
The project promised a 20 yuan (approximately US$2.81) reward for making videos and receiving user queries.
However, after victims paid a 998 yuan (US$140) deposit and completed tasks, Xin’s company allegedly refused payment, citing the need for personal information.
Arrested in late December 2023
Xin was reportedly arrested in late December of the previous year.
Once celebrated as an “anti-scam fighter” for escaping a Myanmar scam den, Xin Weilin’s narrative raises numerous doubts.
Recent years witnessed several “anti-scam” internet celebrities, akin to Xin, gaining fame in China’s social media by recounting their escapes from scam dens for anti-fraud advocacy.
Believers in the “anti-scam” label, many netizens unwittingly purchased endorsed products and engaged in promoted projects during profit-oriented live streams.
On 3 January, a law firm in Guizhou shared a press statement on its Douyin account, stating that their lawyer has been entrusted by Mr Xin Weilin to address recent rumours circulating on various online platforms about Mr Xin.
The statement mentioned that Xin “is actively cooperating with relevant authorities for investigation and evidence collection, and the final results will be based on the official announcements.”
Chinese media reported that a check on public records indicated that under the name of Xin, the “Guizhou Vision International Travel Agency” had faced administrative penalties from tourism departments in two locations in 2023.
This was due to violations in tourism contracts related to service content, shopping frequency, additional charges, and other terms. Among the 27 subsidiary companies under Xin’s name, 3 were penalized for failure to submit annual reports on time, resulting in their inclusion in the list of businesses operating abnormally.
Furthermore, these 3 subsidiary companies faced penalties for issues such as late declaration of personal income tax and the inability to provide a “Travel Agency Operating License.”
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