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Victims in Asia, Europe and U.S. fight back against online romance scams

Volunteer group says criminal networks originally from China target people abroad

"Pig-butchering" swindles, long run in the Chinese language, are targeted increasingly at Anglophone residents of nations in Asia and beyond, including in Europe, the U.S. and Australia. (Source photo by AP and screenshot from victim's WhatsApp message)

PHNOM PENH -- For four months, 38-year-old Lydia Chng, a Malaysian nurse working in Singapore, thought she was talking to Li Beizhi, a 34-year-old interior designer from Shanghai living in Vancouver.

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