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Chinese con artists turn to the country’s imperial past to scam victims

2 months ago
Sky Canaves
n separate schemes that promised returns from vast inheritances, one man pretended to be the 300-year-old Qianlong emperor, still alive thanks to an "elixir of life," while women have claimed they were descendants of the Qing dynasty.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.