Pingduo: Lot freezing of coupons for related orders amounted to tens of millions of yuan

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 Pingduo: Lot freezing of coupons for related orders amounted to tens of millions of yuan


On January 21, the Beijing News released an updated information note, stating that the Shanghai police have filed a case for network fraud and set up a special team, and according to the relevant provisions of property preservation, the orders involved were frozen in batches.

Pindo disclosed in the announcement that the coupon loophole used by BLACK-GREY gangs stole related coupons for Pindos cooperation with Jiangsu Satellite TV If You Are the One, because of the special types of coupons generated for the recording of programs, only for the use of on-site guests. In addition, this type of coupon has never appeared in the normal online promotional activities of the platform at any time or in any way, or even no online entrance.

The relevant coupons in this event were obtained by the BLACK-GREY gangs after scanned the two-dimensional codes generated by abnormal ways, and the two-dimensional codes were mostly distributed among the BLACK-GREY groups related to social platforms. Pingduo indicates that the two-dimensional code generated by this abnormal way can only receive a 100 yuan coupon without threshold for each user of authentication information, instead of a single ID circulated in the previous network, which can be indefinitely collected.

In response to this loophole, some black-and-grey gangs tried to transfer such improper income in a short time by illegal means such as cat pool (using mobile phone cards to maintain a large number of virtual accounts) to realize the simultaneous operation of N mobile phone black cards, to steal the coupons in batches, and to transfer such improper income in a short time by means of virtual recharge such as mobile phone charges and Q coins. The total amount of coupons involved was tens of millions. Yuan.

At present, the Shanghai police have filed a case on the charge of network fraud and set up a special task force. According to the relevant provisions of property preservation, the related orders have been frozen in batches. Pingduo is cooperating with the police to trace the origin of the related orders, and finally according to the police investigation results to make the relevant orders in accordance with the law.

The following is the full text of Pingduo Bulletin:

Illustration on Mass Piracy of Black-grey Products by Interactive Exclusive Coupons under Satellite TV of Pingduo

1. The coupons stolen by the coupon loophole used by BLACK-GREY gangs are mostly used by on-site guests only when they cooperated with a TV program (Jiangsu Satellite TV If You Are the One). In addition, this type of coupon has never appeared in the normal online promotional activities of the platform at any time or in any way, or even no online entrance, which is fundamentally different from the incident of a certain airline issuing low-cost tickets on the official website due to misoperation.

2. The relevant coupons in this event were obtained by the BLACK-GREY gangs after scanned the two-dimensional codes generated by abnormal ways. The two-dimensional codes are mostly distributed among the BLACK-GREY groups related to social platforms. Pingduo has never generated any two-dimensional codes for this type of coupons, nor has it ever displayed such coupon information and two-dimensional codes in APP and applets. The concrete generation and dissemination process of the two-dimensional code is awaiting the final conclusion after the police investigation.

3. The two-dimensional code generated by this abnormal way can only receive a 100-yuan coupon without threshold for each user of authentication information, instead of a single ID circulated in the previous network, which can be indefinitely collected. Therefore, some BLACK-GREY gangs try to transfer such improper income in a short time by illegal means such as cat pool (using mobile phone cards to keep a large number of virtual accounts) to realize the simultaneous operation of N mobile phone black cards, steal the coupons in batches, and try to transfer such improper income in a short time by means of virtual recharge such as mobile phone charges and Q coins. The total amount of coupons involved in the case amounts to tens of millions of dollars.

4. The head of Pingduo Wind Control Team said that after stealing huge coupons and transferring their improper earnings, BLACK-GREY gangs expected to achieve the effect of not blaming the public for the law, quickly sharing the two-dimensional codes through the network and social groups, inducing some ordinary consumers to follow suit, and fabricating rumors such as pingduo multi-platform voucher loss of 20 billion yuan in social platforms and groups. Hope to achieve the result of evading criminal responsibility and confusing audiences.

5. The incident is essentially different from a series of capital loss incidents caused by bugs in previous airlines and e-commerce platforms. The former is a civil problem caused by platform misoperation and abnormal issuance. This multi-voucher event is a network fraud case of voucher fraud. For example, the latter is similar to the criminal gangs prying open their doors to steal, and they are afraid to open the doors to greet more ordinary passers-by to move into the victims home. If the former is analogized by the phenomenon of ATM machine mistakenly spitting out money in the network, the latter is equivalent to the theft by illegal gangs when they pry open the ATM machine.

6. The event happened at the time of the New Years Festival, during which a large number of coupons issued normally by the platform were consumed. By 9:00 a.m. on the 20th, the sum of stolen coupons and normal coupons broke through the preset threshold of the platform. After the system monitored the anomaly and automatically alarmed, Pingduo fixed the related loopholes in the first time.

7. After the incident happened, Pingduo reported the case to the public security organs quickly. At present, the public security organs are investigating, because of the huge amount of money involved, it is expected that the suspected black-and-grey production gangs will be investigated for criminal responsibility for fraud and huge improper interests.

8. In response to the incident, the Shanghai police have filed a case for network fraud and set up a special task force. According to the relevant provisions of property preservation, the related orders are frozen in batches. Pingduo Platform is cooperating with the police to trace the origin of the related orders, and finally according to the police investigation results to make the relevant orders in accordance with the law.

9. According to the relevant statistics and progress of the incident, it is estimated in many ways that the final actual capital loss rate caused by the incident is less than ten million yuan. In addition, the screenshots of hundreds of thousands of Q coins, Togo of the Ministry of Public Relations, Lucang Clients of the Pulse Network which were widely circulated during the period were found to be false rumors.

10. This incident does not involve any data security issues. The use of coupons normally received by platform consumers will not be affected. In order to further strengthen the relevant wind control system of special coupons, a technical group has been set up in Pingduo.

11. Under the guidance of the public security organs, Pingduo will resolutely crack down on the black-and-grey gangs, and there will be no half-compromise or concession. For the ordinary consumers who are trapped, the platform will not be further accountable, but mostly does not support such abnormal behavior.

12. Normal orders during multi-platform spelling and follow-up will not be affected by this event. In order to fully safeguard the interests of consumers who normally participate in various activities of the platform, during the New Years Day and Spring Festival does not close, Pingduo will increase the annual bonus package allowance by 100 million yuan to distribute to platform consumers.

Source: Liable Editor of Beijing News: Li Hang_BJS 4645