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Crash swindle targets parents

MORE than 180 parents of students in Zhabei District's three junior high schools received calls from con artists in the first two weeks of this term, city police said yesterday.

All the swindlers pretended to be school teachers and claimed the victims' kids had been involved in car accidents. Victims were told they needed to pay medical fees.

Parents were asked to transfer money to the swindler's account. Some parents believed the con artists after failing to contact their kids. One parent lost about 50,000 yuan (US$7,309), the most among 14 victims.

Meanwhile, Songjiang District police have taken three suspects into custody for copying bank card numbers and passwords when victims used ATMs. One of the suspects, whose name wasn't released, put a card-reading device in an ATM on Zhongshan Road on February 28, officials said.

The man returned to the ATM half an hour later, took the device away and passed it on to two men waiting outside. The three men were caught by police three days later.

Police reminded citizens to look out for anything unusual around the card-insertion slot of ATMs. They should also cover their hand when typing their password.


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