Fake websites for helping residents book flight tickets are increasing sharply with the Mid-Autumn Festival just around the corner, according to a report by
Residents will have a three-day holiday for the festival, which falls on
The blocked websites posted tickets with unrealistically low prices, aiming to attract — and trap — travelers, the report said.
A man surnamed Song from
"When I asked the website to confirm whether the ticket has been booked or not, I received a reply telling me the ticket was sold out and my money would be refunded in three days," Song said. "When I checked the next day, the website had no reply."
The man later found he had been cheated by a website pretending to book flights.
A resident from
"The website refused to return my money when I realized I made a mistake in the booking and even asked me to pay commission charges," Hu said, adding that the security software of
Frauds on the Internet are diverse, and they tend to spring up from January to June, the report said.
It said that men are often cheated by online games, as well as by financial schemes, and they lost more as they made friends on social websites.
Women were usually trapped in online shopping schemes, especially when buying medicines to help them lose weight, the report said.
Of the online frauds identified in the report, almost 60 percent of victims were between 16 and 25 years old; the youngest was only 10. Residents born in the 1990s have become the main target in cyberswindles, it said.
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