Taiwan's Council of Agriculture warns about Chinese online fruit scam

Date: 2020.10.15

The nation's top agricultural official has warned about Chinese online scammers hawking agricultural products claimed to have been produced in Taiwan.

Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) took to Facebook on Tuesday (Sept. 29) to raise the alarm about Chinese fraudsters found selling dried plums allegedly from Taichung on a one-page website.

The fake website uses photos of Chinese farmers and ill-gotten inspection reports by Taiwanese authorities to hawk the fruit, which it describes with terms only used in China. Save for its use of traditional Chinese characters, the content is reportedly identical to that of a website that sells plums from the northwest Chinese province of Shaanxi.

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