In daily life, many scams follow current events, market developments and national policies.
For example, many people were deceived by the courier cabinet scam in the past few years. At that time, the courier cabinet was just emerging, and many people were tempted by the so-called prospects and high returns.
Now that the country is vigorously developing new energy vehicles, a new type of charging pile scam has emerged among the people.
According to a CCTV financial channel report, in September 2021, Mr. Zhang’s hometown in Hainan introduced him to a project to invest in the installation of new energy vehicle charging piles.
As long as you spend 58,000 yuan to buy a charging pile and hand it over to the company to operate it on your behalf, you can get a rebate of 1,115 yuan per week, pay back the cost in a year, and then make a net profit. The more you invest, the higher the rate of return, and it can even reach 200%.
In the end, despite being opposed by his family, Mr. Zhang invested in four charging piles at once, and some relatives and friends also invested one after another.Another person bought 13 charging piles at one time and invested 750,000 yuan.
Unexpectedly, just 6 months later, Mr. Zhang found that the rebate could not be credited normally. By this time, Mr. Zhang, who had invested 232,000 yuan, received a rebate of more than 100,000 yuan, equivalent to 50% of the principal, and lost half.
Just when many investors wanted a refund, the charging pile company developed a new project: new energy online car-hailing.
Customers who invest in charging piles can transfer money to new projects and continue to invest.
Finally, on June 20, 2022, the Public Security Bureau of Haikou City, Hainan opened a case for investigation against Quanxiangtong (Hainan) Energy Technology Co., Ltd. for allegedly absorbing public deposits illegally.
After discovering that the company’s funds could not be withdrawn benignly, on December 21, 2022, the Haikou Municipal Public Security Bureau closed the network in Hangzhou, Changsha, and Haikou at the same time, arrested more than 20 major criminal suspects, and frozen 140 million yuan of funds involved in the case. 13.3 kilograms of gold (worth about 5.2 million yuan), 6 cars (worth more than 3 million yuan), and 12 sets of real estate involved (worth more than 30 million yuan).
After investigation, Quanxiangtong Company has established operation centers in Shandong, Hunan, Inner Mongolia, Zhejiang, Shanxi, Yunnan and other provinces to attract customers.A total of about 15,000 copies of “Charging Pile Investment” were sold, attracting more than 1 billion yuan of funds from more than 6,000 people.
Among them, about 600 million yuan is used for rebates;About 200 million yuan of funds were divided up by the company’s actual controllers, executives, etc., and squandered recklessly;About 200 million yuan is used for the company’s marketing, maintenance and operation.
The actual construction of 123 charging piles cost more than 10 million yuan, accounting for only one percent of the total funds.
A financial expert from Tsinghua University said that this kind of scam is actually easy to see through.As long as it involves high returns and pulling people’s heads, just be vigilant, and don’t be too hotheaded to throw money into it.