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Alleged Job-Recruiting Scams in China Turn Deadly

By Yuan Suwen, Chen Shaoyuan, Luo Ruiyao, He Xin and Han Wei
Zhang Chao’s diploma, degree certificate, and materials about his activity as a student leader are displayed. Zhang, 25, was found dead on the side of a rural road in Tianjin on July 14, a death police say was caused by heatstroke, and one of several recent deaths police say are linked to pyramid sales networks. Photo: Yang Yifan/Caixin
Zhang Chao’s diploma, degree certificate, and materials about his activity as a student leader are displayed. Zhang, 25, was found dead on the side of a rural road in Tianjin on July 14, a death police say was caused by heatstroke, and one of several recent deaths police say are linked to pyramid sales networks. Photo: Yang Yifan/Caixin

When a Shandong farmer called her son Zhang Chao and encouraged him to work hard at his new construction job, she didn’t realize the brief conversation would be their last.

“His tone was not like usual. He only answered my questions without mentioning anything himself,” recalled the devastated mother, who asked to be called by only her surname, Hou.

“I didn’t think too much about it.”

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