Earlier version of the article used “mini program design fraud” in the title. This version has replaced it to avoid ambiguity.  

The strong performance and increasing needs of mini programs are breeding fraud. But the country’s legal system is behind the race with misbehaviors taking the ride of China’s booming business digitalization demands.

Deceiving those who wish to launch mini programs but lack technical knowledge, criminal groups are charging tens of thousands of RMB for projects that only costs a few hundred, China’s state media Xinhua says in an investigation report (in Chinese). In the case, mini programs become a tool to lure potential victims into a business fraud.

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Runhua Zhao

Runhua Zhao is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Connect with her via email: runhuazhao@technode.com