Fraudsters Running ‘Chinese Blessing Scam’ Bilk Women Out of Nearly $500,000

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    Fraudsters Running ‘Chinese Blessing Scam’ Bilk Women Out of Nearly $500,000

    A group of fraudsters is running a classic cursed-money scam in three boroughs — and has tricked five women out of nearly $500,000, cops said Tuesday.Chinese Blessing Scam

    In the con, called the “Chinese blessing scam,” three women approached their mark, warning that their families have been cursed.

    The only way to lift the hex, they said, would be to bring the women all of their money and jewelry, in a bag, for a blessing ritual. But while the victims’ bags were returned, the money and jewelry were replaced by water bottles.

    Cops said the group targeted Asian women in their 50s and 60s in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn.

    One 55-year-old victim handed over jewelry and a staggering $280,000 in cash outside a Grand St. restaurant in Little Italy on April 18. Another victim, 61, was swindled out of $130,000 at a Bath Beach apartment building on April 27.

    Cops couldn’t say Tuesday night how the women chose or approached their victims. The most recent victim, a 54-year-old woman, was duped out of $19,000 in cash and $3,000 in jewelry on June 22, outside a home on 48th St. in Borough Park, across the street from Maimonides Medical Center.

    The Daily News broke the story about swindlers using the blessing scam in Brooklyn’s Asian enclaves in April 2013.

    Two years later, Xue Fang Zhou, then 61, was sentenced to a year behind bars after admitting to running a $60,000 scam on a 65-year-old woman she met in Chinatown.

    Police on Tuesday released photos of five women, described only as Asian, who are wanted to “assist with inquiries” into the case.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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