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Canadians ‘had 460 cloned cards’

TWO Canadians have been charged with credit card fraud after allegedly being found with more than 460 cloned cards— almost 100 of which were used to withdraw cash from city ATMs.

This is one of three cases involving a total of 10 foreign suspects accepted this year by Jing’an District Prosecutors’ Office.

The men, aged 28 and 25, whose names were not released, arrived in Shanghai on November 25 last year on a 1-month tourist visa, the court said.

After traveling in southern China’s Guangdong Province, the pair returned to the city.

They came to the attention of local police after a cloned card was left in an ATM at a China Construction Bank outlet in Huangpu District.

It is claimed that one of the men then withdrew cash from another China Construction Bank ATM on December 16.

Bank staff were on the lookout following the cloned card discovery, and a clerk monitoring the ATM identified the suspect, locked the door and called police.

Officers said they found 18 cloned credit cards in the man’s bag and tracked down his alleged accomplice at a hotel.

According to prosecutors, 461 of 463 cards found — which had no markings — were cloned.

The duo allegedly used 96 cards to withdraw money from city ATMs, netting 63,200 yuan (US$ 10,136).

The prosecutors’ office said that the men have been provided with translators.


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