Report: 'Lust, Caution' actress is victim of fraud

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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2012 file photo, Chinese actress Tang Wei adjusts her hair to pose for photographers during the opening ceremony of the Busan International Film Festival in Busan, South Korea. "Lust, Caution" actress Tang fell victim to a $35,000 fraud after being persuaded over the phone to wire money to a suspect, state media reported Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. Citing local police, the official Xinhua News Agency reported that Tang was filming in Shanghai on Saturday afternoon when she received a phone call and was persuaded to go to a bank and wire the 210,000 yuan ($35,000). (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)
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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2012 file photo, Chinese actress Tang Wei adjusts her hair to pose for photographers during the opening ceremony of the Busan International Film Festival in Busan, South Korea. "Lust, Caution" actress Tang fell victim to a $35,000 fraud after being persuaded over the phone to wire money to a suspect, state media reported Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. Citing local police, the official Xinhua News Agency reported that Tang was filming in Shanghai on Saturday afternoon when she received a phone call and was persuaded to go to a bank and wire the 210,000 yuan ($35,000). (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

BEIJING (AP) — "Lust, Caution" actress Tang Wei fell victim to a $35,000 fraud after being persuaded over the phone to wire money to a suspect, state media reported Sunday.

Citing local police, the official Xinhua News Agency reported that Tang was filming in Shanghai on Saturday afternoon when she received a phone call and was persuaded to go to a bank and wire the 210,000 yuan ($35,000).

Xinhua said police in Shanghai's Songjiang district were investigating after receiving a report from Tang.

Calls to the Songjiang police propaganda office and Tang's Beijing-based agent rang unanswered Sunday.

Tang shot to international fame playing a Chinese student activist who seduces a Japanese-allied spy chief in the World War II-era thriller "Lust, Caution." Her politically sensitive role as a traitor in the 2007 movie led to a three-year reported blacklisting by Chinese film officials.

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