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Technician detained over shop card fraud

A bank card technician had been detained for allegedly cloning information and clearing cash from convenience cards used in corner stores, Shanghai police said yesterday.

Police said the suspect surnamed He, a 49-year-old employee of a company that developed and repaired bank cards, made a machine to copy card information.

He then spent more than 100,000 yuan (US$14,762) on the swindle. Police said He bought hundreds of payment cards with different values of 500 yuan, 200 yuan and 10 yuan, which are widely used in convenient stores as Allday.

He copied the information from the 200-yuan and 500-yuan cards to those bought for 10 yuan, and sold the original cards to scalpers. He then shopped with the cloned cards.

He earned about 90,000 yuan of cash and goods during eight confirmed fraud cases in Yangpu and Zhabei districts, police said.

The police said the convenience-store card had a critical defect – there was no password – and reminded people to be careful while shopping with such consumer cards.

"Take or destroy the receipt every time you pay, no matter how tiny the payment is," said criminal investigation officer Dong Ming. "With the receipt you can check the amount remaining on your card and keep the card information from others."

A victim surnamed Chen happened to record the suspect's image by cell phone while dealing with him, and the video clip became an important clue in the investigation, police said.

On May 14, Chen, a card dealer on the Internet, bought 40 cards at a discount from He. Later she found the amount on the cards she had bought had been withdrawn, and called police.


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