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Ex-employee uses cloned card to steal cash from boss

A 25-year-old man who allegedly used a cloned credit card to draw 16,200 yuan (US$2,573) from his former boss's bank account has been charged with credit card fraud, Putuo District prosecutors said today.

The suspect, surnamed Weng, said he bought the cloned card online after he saw an ad on the QQ website that said, "With card number only, we can make the same card for you."

Weng told prosecutors he needed money badly at that time and provided his former boss's credit card number for a try.

A surveillance video showed Weng, wearing a raincoat and holding an umbrella, walked to an ATM machine in the wee hours of June 18. He tried to block the camera but still exposed his face for a few seconds as he worked on the machine. This allowed the victim to recognize him.

"I was frustrated and didn't believe it until I saw money coming out of the machine," Weng told the prosecutors.

His former boss alerted the police after receiving five messages reminding him of thefts.

Weng was caught on August 14 but the vendor who sold cloned cards is still at large, the prosecutors said.


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