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2 foreigners detained for stealing 500,000 yuan with fake credit cards

TWO foreign suspects were detained in December in Shanghai for stealing more than 500,000 yuan (US$82,638) using counterfeit credit cards in China.

In early December, several banks in Shanghai found plain white cards in their ATMs. The white cards are blank except for a magnetic stripe on the back. They are usually cloned cards used in frauds.

The nationalities of the two suspects were not released but police said they are from South Asian countries.

On December 16, a bank employee watching a video monitor saw a foreigner withdrawing cash using a white card at the ATM on Shimen Road No. 1 in Jing’an District and called the police. Police took the foreigner into custody and found 18 counterfeit credit cards and 5,000 yuan on the suspect.

At 11:30pm the same day, police captured another suspect at a hotel room and found 414 fraudulent credit cards, more than 500,000 yuan in cash and tools for making counterfeit cards.

The two suspects stole account data from overseas. They entered China at Pudong International Airport and withdrew money at multiple ATMs in Shanghai using white cards.

After confirming the information with Visa Inc, police said 96 Visa cards had been used by the suspects at ATMs in Shanghai to steal US$25,678 in cash.

Some of the white cards were not returned by the ATMs because the issuing bank did not provide withdrawal services on their credit cards.

Police are continuing to investigate.


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