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Bank told to pay man for lost deposits

The local branch of one of China's Big Four state-owned banks was ordered by the Huangpu District People's Court to pay 13.95 million yuan (US$2.3 million) to a client who lost a 20 million yuan deposit in 2008 after his personal information was stolen from his account.

The client, surnamed Wang, said he opened the account at a branch on Dapu Road and deposited 20 million yuan through an outside agent who promised to pay him an additional 1 percent interest above the normal bank rate.

According to his agreement with the agent, Wang's bank book was put in a safe in the bank and he was told he couldn't access the account for three months.

When he did finally check the balance after five months, he was astonished to find only 10,000 yuan left in his account. He called the police, and they discovered that two bank employees had secretly copied his identity card and passbook information. According to court testimony, the two employees gave copies of the bank and ID cards to a third party, surnamed Zhang, who withdrew the money.

The pair was jailed but the money was never retrieved. The fate of Zhang and the agent were not revealed.

China's four big banks are Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Construction Bank and the Agricultural Bank of China. The identity of the bank where the scam occurred wasn't made public.


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