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Waiter who served up a card scam is in the soup

A WAITER who allegedly copied diners’ bank card information with a refitted POS machine and used it to forge cards and steal money has been charged with credit card fraud by prosecutors in Xuhui District.

Cai, from Guangdong Province, had been on the run for five years but surrendered to police in Guangzhou in December last year after his accomplice Wu was arrested.

According to Xuhui District People’s Procuratorate, a local victim, Yang, received several messages at home in March 2014 about withdrawals and transfers from her bank account.

She contacted the bank and was informed that 20,000 yuan (US$2,900) had been withdrawn from her account in Maoming, Guangdong. Yang then went to the police.

Several people, including some foreigners, living in Shanghai called police with similar complaints.

Police found the victims had all eaten in restaurants near Xintiandi between late 2013 and early 2014 and used their bank cards to pay their bills. They recalled that the waiter took their cards away and returned with a POS machine on which they typed in their passwords. Officers targeted Cai as a suspect and launched an online manhunt in May 2014.

Prosecutors warn card users to pay careful attention to POS machines and check for any abnormal accessories.


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