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Sometimes a third party will ask for money on behalf of the scam artist, who is allegedly incapacitated.

The ill-doers also usually assert that they have asked the Embassy for help, only to be rebuffed. If you have received this e-mail, you have been targeted by con artists.

While such schemes have long existed, the advent of the internet has greatly increased their prevalence.

Individual Americans have lost considerable money on these scams, ranging from a few hundred dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

We have provided a description of some common scams below.

Tea House Scam A young Chinese "English student," often female, offers to show you around town and then invites you to join her for tea at a nearby restaurant.

When the bill comes, she leaves and the restaurant owners, usually very large men, force you to pay an exorbitant bill before you are allowed to leave the premises.

Art House Scam A young Chinese “art student" will approach you (often at large tourist sites) and will ask if you like art done by local students.

The student will invite you to view the artwork at an art studio or gallery and will pour tea and provide snacks while introducing their art to you.

The art student will then pressure you to buy their artwork and will demand some sort of compensation for their hospitality before you leave.

Internet Dating and Romance Scam A person you meet online claims to live outside of the U. and professes friendship, romantic interest, and/or marriage intentions over the Internet.

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