Scam targeting Chinese

Fraudsters have fleeced thousands of dollars from Dunedin's Chinese business community, police warn.

As part of the modus operandi, the scam artists have approached Dunedin takeaway shops with a business proposition, Detective Neville Aiken said.

That business proposition involved supplying meal orders to employees working in factories, he said.

''As part of the fraud, complex business dealings evolved from there.''

At least two businesses within the city's Chinese community had been fleeced of thousands of dollars, Det Aiken said.

''It is unknown how many other business owners might have been targeted but we are keen to hear from anyone who has.''

The offending took place in 2012 and 2013, with the offenders described as being of Chinese descent and aged between 40 and 75.

The offenders were not believed to live locally.

Police had been working with the Chinese community to warn them about the operation of the scam in the city.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Neville Aiken on 471-4800, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555-111.

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