A farmer in eastern China has been arrested after he allegedly opened a bogus bank office mimicking the look of the state-owned China Construction Bank (CCB).

The fake CCB branch. Photo: Ecns.com

The fake CCB branch in Lanling, Shandong was raided by local police last week, according to China News Service.

Police raided the fake CCB branch. Photo: Ecns.com

From the signs outside to a message board detailing opening hours by the door, the bogus bank was an impressive copy of the real thing.

A counterfeit RMB100 note was seen glued to a window to warn people not to use fake money.

The real CCB. Photo: ccb.com

The “bank” only offered deposit services, China News Service said.

According to Tencent News, the story came to light after a depositor, who put in RMB40,000 last month, called the police after he could not take money out from his account.

The “bank” opened on July 13 and was shut down in less than one month.

Farmer behind fake CCB branch arrested. Photo: Ecns.com

Police said a local farmer was behind the fake bank. The suspect has been arrested.

In January this year, a fake bank in Nanjing, Jiangsu fooled almost 200 people who gave away RMB200 million in deposits.

A fake bank in Nanjing shut down. Photo: cngold.com

It was shut down after operating for more than a year.

A fake bank in Nanjing. Photo: iFeng

Four “executives” of the non-existent “Nanjing Xinmeng Rural Economic Cooperative” were held.

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Vivienne Zeng

Vivienne Zeng is a journalist from China with three years' experience covering Hong Kong and mainland affairs. She has an MA in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Her work has been featured on outlets such as Al Jazeera+ and MSNBC.