Trust me, I’m a superhero. But I need money.

This article is a raving mess. I can hardly follow it. But apparently you can make people believe you have superpowers. Or something…

Chinese fraudster fakes superhuman powers to rob victims – Telegraph.

A Chinese con-woman created a “superhuman” alter ego and claimed she possessed powers of invisibility in order to dupe her victims out of at least £12,000.

The 54-year-old fraudster, named only as Ms Yang, tricked two female lovers and one pensioner into believing she was actually “Mr Li”, a “superhuman” police officer who not only worked for both Interpol and the Chinese Ministry of Finance but was also able to make himself disappear.

The confidence trickster’s supernatural cover was blown last August when one victim discovered she had been sharing a bed not with Mr Li but with a convicted fraudster who was in fact a woman.

What? I have to admit the Daily Mail has a more coherent writeup of the story, unbelievable as that is…

Her first victim was Ms Zhang, a 48-year-old woman who began a relationship with ‘Mr Li’ in March 2013, and by June, the couple had moved in together.

Ms Zhang, who was, according to the Beijing News ‘quite suspicious’ was allegedly utterly taken in by the lies.

The lie was continued to the point that Ms Yang would cut her hair short and deepen her voice when telling stories to Ms Zhang about how she (as Mr Li) had cracked ‘major’ interpol cases using his superhuman powers.

Wow. People will say anything and someone will believe it.

Ms. Yang was already jailed for fraud and decided it was a lucretive enough to try again. She/he got away with it for a while.

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  2 comments for “Trust me, I’m a superhero. But I need money.

  1. spookyparadigm
    February 18, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    I don’t know what the author of the first piece was trying to do. So it may have been purely unintentional that they seemed to be playing on aspects of clouding men’s minds, inscrutableness, etc. that remind one of The Shadow.

  2. Rex Dart
    February 19, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    It seems to me that the “super powers” bit is really just a tertiary element used to make a (relatively) normal story seem more bizarre:

    1. Ms. Yang is a grifter (common).
    2. Ms. Yang seduced a woman by pretending to be the opposite sex and having a long-term relationship with her (weird, but not unheard of – see, e.g., the real-life subject matter of “M. Butterfly”).
    3. Ms. Yang embellished her tales with the “I can turn invisible” bit (quite weird, but not, apparently, central to her scams).

    I think the Telegraph writer wanted to “elevate” point #3, and thus tried to imply that it had more of a direct relationship to the rest. Like perhaps the mark didn’t realize “Mr. Li” was a woman because she thought he was using his super powers? Or that “he” was using his super powers to make his male member invisible? But the problem is, the story doesn’t really support anything of the sort – the invisibility thing seems to just be an odd but minor element of Ms. Yang’s web of lies.

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