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Debit-card scam busted

THREE men have been detained for fraudulently obtaining more than 100 debit cards from city banks by using other people's ID cards.

They will be charged with the offence of interference with credit card management, the first charge of this nature in Shanghai, city police said yesterday.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of three years' jail and a fine of up to 100,000 yuan (US$14,630).

Police are still hunting for a person surnamed Hao, who recruited the three suspects through the Internet.

On June 17, one of the suspects, surnamed Yao, was discovered filling out the paperwork to take over a debit card by using another person's ID card in a bank on Jiangning Road.

Putuo District police were called in and found that Yao, 19, had two more ID cards and eight debit cards from different banks.

Police caught two other suspects, surnamed Sun and Li, the next day in a city motel after Yao confessed to the scam, officers said.

All three were locals and unemployed, police said.

Yao told police that if they successfully got a debit card they were paid 150 yuan to 390 yuan by Hao, who had provided genuine but mostly stolen ID cards for them since March.

Bank industry regulations forbid the use of other people's ID cards to apply for a credit or debit card.

Police said some bank workers were lax in this area of supervision.

Hao is believed to have used the debit cards in a number of fraudulent schemes.


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