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Chinese health care scam spotlights Tencent-backed operator

Crowdfunding platform Shuidichou raised money for patients who did not need it

Shuidichou helped patients find thousands of of donors, who would then be hit up to buy medical insurance themselves.

HONG KONG -- An online crowdfunding platform backed by Chinese technology giant Tencent has suspended marketing efforts that raised money to help people pay for medical treatment regardless of financial need.

Representatives of Shuidichou were caught by Chinese media encouraging patients to apply for donations through Tencent's instant messaging app WeChat without properly disclosing their finances.

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