Dont run for the Wool Party! You have to pay back tens of millions of coupons youve won.

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 Dont run for the Wool Party! You have to pay back tens of millions of coupons youve won.


In the early morning of January 20, there was a huge loophole in Pingduo Platform. Users could get 100 yuan no threshold coupon at will, which attracted a large number of netizens to go online in the early morning. Even some netizens recharge their telephone charges with coupons more than 100 times a night, each time for 100 yuan, only for 0.4 yuan.

At noon yesterday, Pingduo issued a statement saying that tens of millions of yuan of platform coupons had been stolen. Pindo pointed the blame of the incident at the black and grey production gangs and said that the police had been alerted.

Although platform vulnerabilities were sealed up early yesterday, they suffered heavy losses this time.

Today (January 21), Pingduo issued another information note, expressing its determination to crack down on BLACK-GREY gangs.

So, for those who take advantage of a large number of ordinary users, need not be reimbursed?

Pingduo: Coupon Incident Is a Case of Internet Fraud

In the early morning of November 17, last year, the abnormal parameters of Eastern Airlinesofficial website and App during price maintenance led to abnormal fares on some online sales platforms. The prices of many domestic routes were below one-fold of the normal price. Some economy class prices were only tens of yuan, while the first class / business class prices were only several hundred yuan. Subsequently, the airline issued a statement in its official microblog that all tickets sold by China Eastern Airlines during system maintenance (successfully paid and issued) were valid in the early morning of November 17.

However, Pingduo believes that the coupon loophole incident that occurred in the early morning of yesterday is different from the abnormal fare of China Eastern Airlines. The former is a civil problem caused by platform misoperation and abnormal issuance, and this multi-voucher event is a network fraud case of set voucher fraud.

Firstly, when Pingduo cooperated with Jiangsu Satellite TVs If You Are the One, Pingduos related coupons were stolen. Because of the special types of coupons, Pingduos coupons were only used by 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.

Secondly, the related coupons in the event were obtained by the BLACK-GREY gangs after scanned the two-dimensional codes generated by abnormal ways, which were mostly spread to 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. However, the specific generation and dissemination process of the two-dimensional code is awaiting the final conclusion after the police investigation.

Through the two-dimensional code generated by this abnormal way, the original user of each authentication information can and can only get a 100 yuan coupon without threshold, instead of a single ID circulated on the network before, it can receive indefinitely. 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.

Coupons will be recovered

So, will all users who have exploited the gap and bought with coupons be treated as black-and-grey gangs?

The head of Pingduo Wind Control Team said that after stealing huge coupons and transferring their improper earnings, the BLACK-GREY gangs hoped to achieve the effect of not blaming the public for the law, quickly share the two-dimensional code through the network and social groups, and induce some ordinary consumers to follow the wind and sweep the code in order to achieve the result of evading criminal responsibility and confusing audiences.

Its similar to the fear of criminal gangs who break open their doors and steal. They open the doors and invite more ordinary passers-by to move into the victims home.

Pingduo stressed that this incident does not involve any data security issues, and the use of coupons normally received by platform consumers will not be affected.

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So, for those hitchhiking ordinary users, what is the attitude of fighting for more and do they need to pay them back?

At present, Shanghai police have filed a case on the charge of network fraud and set up a special group. According to the relevant provisions of property preservation, the orders involved 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.

Today, the head of Pingduo Public Relations Department explained to the Daily Economic News (nbdnews) that bulk freezing of orders involved means that the coupons that have not yet been used have been frozen by the police and can no longer be used.

For the ordinary consumers who are trapped, the platform will not be further accountable, but mostly does not support such abnormal behavior.

However, for the coupons already used, some users have encountered the situation of being asked to return the goods, and the money spent by users has also been returned. One user told Nbdnews: All I bought was in kind, and the system shut down the order and returned the overpayment (besides coupons).

This is not the behavior of the platform, but the behavior of the police. In order to investigate and determine the nature of the case, the police need to recover the coupons already used. There are two situations: unjust enrichment should be investigated for legal liability; for ordinary users who do not know, only recovery, not legal liability.

The system refund notification received by the user is also recovered by the police according to the procedure.

Users buy in kind, refund and return is easy, but how to recover such virtual goods as telephone charges and Q coins?

People from China Mobile and China Unicom News Center told Daily Economic journalists that they would cooperate with the police investigation if necessary. And China Mobile related people said that Pingduoduo has no direct cooperation with China Mobile, and has not put forward this demand at present. If necessary, within the legal framework, China Mobile will cooperate with the police investigation. However, on the issue of recovery, to see how the law determines, the authorities need to issue relevant content. Because in China Mobiles view, the users recharge process is reasonable and legal. Zhao Zheng, an IT and intellectual property lawyer and a legal adviser to the credit evaluation center of the China Internet Association, believes that if BLACK-GREY gangs use a lot of loopholes to scrape wool, they mainly involve criminal offences of illegal intrusion into computer information systems. If an ordinary user finds a loophole in spelling too much, and then goes to get a coupon and use it, this behavior is unjust enrichment in law. Zhao Zheng said that although the behavior of ordinary users does not violate the criminal law, it has violated the user agreement between users and Pingduo multi-platform. In law, Pingduo can require users to return the relevant benefits of coupons. Source: Daily Economic News Responsible Editor: Ji Guojie_NBJ11143

People from China Mobile and China Unicom News Center told Daily Economic journalists that they would cooperate with the police investigation if necessary. And China Mobile related people said that Pingduoduo has no direct cooperation with China Mobile, and has not put forward this demand at present. If necessary, within the legal framework, China Mobile will cooperate with the police investigation. However, on the issue of recovery, to see how the law determines, the authorities need to issue relevant content. Because in China Mobiles view, the users recharge process is reasonable and legal.

Zhao Zheng, an IT and intellectual property lawyer and a legal adviser to the credit evaluation center of the China Internet Association, believes that if BLACK-GREY gangs use a lot of loopholes to scrape wool, they mainly involve criminal offences of illegal intrusion into computer information systems. If an ordinary user finds a loophole in spelling too much, and then goes to get a coupon and use it, this behavior is unjust enrichment in law.

Zhao Zheng said that although the behavior of ordinary users does not violate the criminal law, it has violated the user agreement between users and Pingduo multi-platform. In law, Pingduo can require users to return the relevant benefits of coupons.