Like many young Chinese who had become enamored of the mobile payment services offered by Alipay and We Chat, Liu stopped bringing his wallet when he left the house.
If you live in the United States, you are by now accustomed to relinquishing your data to corporations.
Credit card companies know when you run up bar tabs or buy sex toys.
Facebook knows if you like Tasty cooking videos or Breitbart News.
Because the "flower basket" scam is so culturally specific, it may be tempting to isolate it as a Chinese phenomenon. While the cultural particulars of online dating scams may change, the social and emotional forces at play are universal.
Said Stringhini, "In principle there's no reason it couldn't happen in the U. Joe Bernstein is a senior technology reporter for Buzz Feed News and is based in New York.
At Mc Donald’s, the convenience store, even at mom-and-pop restaurants, his friends in Shanghai used mobile payments.