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3 held over US$32,000 debit card fraud

THREE men have been detained for using a credit card scam to cheat online shoppers of 200,000 yuan (US$32,140), Hongkou District police said yesterday.

The gang, which operated several online stores, used dummy point-of-sale (POS) machines to skim personal data from the bank cards customers used to pay for their purchases, which were delivered to their homes.

A woman surnamed Chen told police she lost out to the gang after ordering baby milk formula from one of the online stores. When the goods arrived, the delivery man suggested she use her debit card to pay for the items, which she did.

When the POS machine appeared to reject the payment — as a fake device was unable to handle such a transaction — the courier said there must be something wrong with it. He told Chen not to worry and that he would return the following day to collect the payment.

What Chen did not realize was that the machine had lifted her personal data from the card, which the gang later used to steal an unspecified amount of money from her bank account.

The men operated the scam in Shanghai but were traced to Guangdong Province where they were detained.

Police also seized more than 20 forged credit and debit cards from their premises.


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