Unveiling the Guangzhou Fangcun “Financial Tea” Scam


The recent "Financial Tea" scam in Fangcun, Guangzhou, is a complex financial fraud case. This incident involves amounts reaching hundreds of millions of yuan and has impacted over 500 tea traders.

The recent "Financial Tea" scam in Fangcun, Guangzhou, is a complex financial fraud case revolving around the tea market, with Changshi Tea at its center. The company used the lure of high returns and promoted itself through social media platforms such as WeChat groups, promising lucrative returns for specific tea brands. Initially introducing four tea products at enticing buyback prices with "no written agreements," they managed to drive prices from ¥30,000 per unit to ¥70,000. Subsequently, the company launched a fifth product, abruptly halting repurchases after attracting substantial funds, causing tea prices to plummet from ¥50,000 to just a few thousand yuan, resulting in significant losses for tea traders.

The scam's modus operandi resembles a "pass the parcel" game, designed to entice investors to buy at lower prices and sell at peak points. The scheme often involves verbal promises rather than formal contracts, attracting investors through false market trends and potential appreciation. Some tea companies even developed WeChat mini-programs and mobile apps, profiting from the price difference in tea trading.


This pattern essentially constitutes a new form of a "Ponzi scheme," exploiting people's desire for quick profits and misconceptions about the value of the tea market. Reports indicate that this incident involves amounts reaching hundreds of millions of yuan, affecting over 500 tea traders. Gong Nan, a senior partner at Beijing Bairui Law Firm, points out that "financial tea" with investment attributes is no longer a conventional consumer product but lacks authorization from relevant national authorities, potentially implicating crimes such as illegal fundraising and fraud.

This incident has garnered attention from authorities as well. The Development and Reform Bureau of Liwan District, Guangzhou, issued an "informative notice," cautioning the public about the risks associated with "Financial Tea" and "Sky-High Priced Tea." The notice warns that these schemes may constitute crimes such as illegal absorption of public deposits and fundraising fraud. In essence, this scam reveals the inherent risks in financial markets and investment activities, emphasizing the need for vigilance against seemingly attractive opportunities for quick wealth accumulation.


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Ponzi Scheme

Ponzi scheme is a type of financial fraud model that promises high returns and pays early investors with the funds from new investors, ultimately leading to losses for the majority.

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