Police in China are warning of a new form of fake accident scam after a man was seen throwing a warm bun at a dog’s snout before claiming the pooch bit him while trying to eat it.
The bizarre stunt known in Chinese as ‘peng ci’ – a Mandarin which translates literally as ‘touching porcelain’ – was captured by a traffic camera in the city of Luzhou in China’s south-western Sichuan Province.
The footage dated 29th November shows the as yet unidentified suspect standing by the roadside and watching the fluffy white Samoyed dog whose female owner is nearby.
When the owner looks away, the suspect walks up to the dog swinging the warm bun in a plastic bag in his hand.
He hits the dog in the snout and jumps back pretending to have been bitten, shocking the owner as well as the Samoyed which runs away in confusion.
Luzhou police said the suspected fraudster cut his hand open with a screw, claiming the pooch had bitten him while trying to nosh his fresh bun.
The panicking owner compensated him 500 RMB (54 GBP) in cash before reporting the incident to the authorities, who then discovered the true nature of events after the cops inspected the CCTV footage.
Officers with Hongxing Police Station said the suspect had also successfully swindled money from a golden retriever owner using similar methods.
The culprit has yet to be captured.
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