《电话里的骗局》discusses a telephone and QQ scam that afflicted numerous Chinese people in the last year. The scam resulted in the loss of 25,000+ RMB (roughly $4000), which is under the annual family income for Shanghai but double that for Gansu. The show demonstrates some of the truth behind Beijing’s complaints that its citizens also suffer from cybercrime. Some of the approaches would be familiar to anyone with an email address for a few years, while others demonstrate a degree of surveillance to tailor the scam to the target. This episode of 真实第25小时 highlights one set of challenges for an informatizing (信息化) but unequal society.