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Credit card scam lands Shanghai man in jail

A MAN who made money from booking air tickets online by using the credit card information of other people was sentenced to jail for nine months, Shanghai's Changning District People's Court said today.

The 22-year-old local resident, surnamed Zhu, who was caught at home in June, was also fined 20,000 yuan (US$3,017) for credit card fraud.

Zhu offered help booking flights online after he learned he could buy tickets on, China's leading online travel platform, using credit card numbers without a password.

He booked tickets for his "customers" by using other people's credit cards. Zhu would be paid once his "customer" got the ticket, unless a card owner discovered the transaction in time.

Zhu collected the credit card information by either telling card owners he would help them raise their credit limits or by buying the information from his net friends. He made more than 6,000 yuan from the transactions.


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