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Identity theft rings busted in Shanghai

SHANGHAI police said today that they have bust a criminal ring that sold personal information to businesses for illegal gains.

Police detained 50 suspects and found nearly 200 million pieces of personal information, such as cellphone numbers and home addresses, in their computers.

One suspect surnamed Zhang took advantage of his assignment to create and maintain the birth database of the Shanghai Health Bureau and stole the information of newborn babies. Police said Zhang sold the information for 30,000 yuan.

Some suspects are employees of insurance companies, police said.

Shanghai police also said they arrested another gang who stole personal information via the Internet and used stolen credit card codes for online transactions worth more than 2 million yuan.


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