Date
22 November 2017
A man (left) threatens an unseen driver while another pounds on a car. This clip may have helped police crush a gang preying on motorists with fake accidents. Photo: YouTube
A man (left) threatens an unseen driver while another pounds on a car. This clip may have helped police crush a gang preying on motorists with fake accidents. Photo: YouTube

Shenzhen police smash car crash blackmail gang

Shenzhen police have smashed a gang that fakes car accidents and demands compensation, Sky Post reported Tuesday.

The gang, which has staged more than 120 such accidents in the past year, targets vehicles with non-local license plates, especially those from Hong Kong and Macau.

Gang members create accidents by rear-ending vehicles and blaming them on their drivers. They then demand payment from several hundreds to a few thousand yuan, the report said.

Two gang members have been arrested. One or two others are at large and all are from Heyuan city in Guangdong province, according to the police.

A widely circulated online video purporting to show the gang in action may have helped Shenzhen police crack the case, according to Ming Pao Daily.

The clip, filmed by a Hong Kong driver in June, shows him being stopped in Binhe road in Shenzhen by two men in a car behind with a local license plate.

The men get out of the car and start banging on the Hong Kong driver’s vehicle demanding payment for damage to their vehicle.   

Police later arrested the suspects after confirming the license plate on their car.

Yiu Kwai, vice chairman of the Organization of Hong Kong Drivers, said Hongkongers have become targets for crash gangs in the mainland in recent years.

Sometimes, local policemen would help the gang collect money from their victims, suggesting collusion, Yiu was quoted as saying.

Yiu said gangs find Hongkongers easy prey because their vehicles are insured and they would rather pay up than face the hassle.

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