Amid rising cases of telephone scams and other fraud cases, renowned Chinese science fiction novelist Ni Kuang (倪匡) has warned the public to be alert, citing his own recent baffling experience.
Following a suspicious encounter with some people, Ni said he believes it could have been the first stage of an attempted fraud, although he admitted that it’s a mere hunch, am730 reported.
According to Ni, the story began Tuesday afternoon when he received a call from a person claiming to be a fellow writer friend living in the US.
Ni said the writer is one whom he respects very much, so he talked eagerly on the phone.
During the conversation, the purported writer friend revealed that he has cancer and that his condition was serious.
The person did not seek any financial assistance but said that he would like to see an anthology published that would contain all his pieces of writing.
Ni considered the idea reasonable given that the friend, who was known to be passionate about his writing, was terminally ill.
The writer friend then said a student bearing the surname Liu would help him on the project and asked Ni if he could meet the student to offer some advice.
Ni said “yes” to the request. Within 30 minutes, a person claiming to be the student called up Ni and said he would like to meet up with Ni at his home, to which Ni also said yes.
Without hesitation, Ni disclosed his residential address.
The “student” soon showed up with another man, claiming that it was his cousin. The pair took a lot of pictures of Ni as he talked and shared his ideas.
They did not make any attempts to solicit money, but asked Ni to help connect with a few famous people, something which Ni refused.
The pair departed after some time, and Ni began pondering over the incident.
Later he saw that the phone number given by the “student” was the same as that of the writer friend. It was then that he came to the conclusion that something was amiss.
Ni said he hadn’t lost any money, but suspects that the stage was being set for some sort of scam later.
Rattled by the experience, he decided to reveal the incident to the public so that they will be on guard against scammers.
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