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Warning: the tea scam

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Foreigners in tourist areas of Shanghai will inevitably be approached by young girls and sweet-looking couples claiming to be art students or asking to practice their English. They are very skilled scam artists, and their aim is to befriend you, then coax you into visiting a bogus art gallery or teahouse. After a few cups of tea, you’ll be presented with a bill for hundreds or even thousands of yuan, your new friends will disappear and some large gentlemen will appear. Never drink with a stranger unless you’ve seen a price list.

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