Chinese social media users are now asking for help to pay for a $10,000 payment they believe to be from a real-world customer, according to news reports.
Gatitay, a Chinese social network that lets users pay for things with their WeChat accounts, said on Wednesday that a user had recently used its PayMe app to send the money to a payee account in Hong Kong.
Gawker Media reported that the money came from an account at a Hong Kong bank.
The money had not been sent yet to the user’s payee, but it had already been transferred from the account.
“A user from China has been sending $10K to paypal for a couple of weeks, and it’s been showing up on their accounts,” a user on the social network wrote on WeChat PayMe.
“I don’t have any information about this person, so I’m not sure why he or she is doing this.”
Gawyer added that the user had posted a message on Weibo, a popular microblogging platform in China, asking users to contact him.
“I’m just asking the same thing for the money, so if you’re able to contact me please tell me,” the user wrote.
“It’s possible that it was sent by a real person and that’s why we don’t know anything about this.”
It is not the first time WeChat has come under scrutiny.
Last year, Chinese authorities shut down the platform after a group of WeChat users used fake identities to send hundreds of thousands of dollars to their bank accounts.
The account was used to send $100,000 to a fake account controlled by a suspected member of the Chinese Communist Party, according a report in the Financial Times.
“When you buy things online in China there’s a risk that it will be stolen by hackers,” the FT reported.
“We have to do everything we can to prevent this from happening,” WeChat told the FT.