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Flight ticket scam nets 3

THREE men have been arrested for allegedly using fake soldier certificates to buy discounted flight tickets and selling them to others at higher prices.

The suspects were also found changing passenger details to allow these passengers to pass security checks with their ID cards instead of the soldier certificates.

The scam was exposed after city police found Li Guoyong was carrying 52 fake soldier certificates as well as three flight tickets at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.

Li told police he bought the tickets, at a 50 percent discount, with the fake certificates.

Li worked at a ticket agency together with his cousin, Li Guobiao, and sold the tickets to travel agencies at a 5 percent discount off regular fares, according to police.

They used the counterfeit certificates to buy five tickets and sold them in early July. The ticket holders successfully boarded their flights.

Normally, these passengers would be asked to show their soldier certificates during security checks. However, police found the passengers boarded the planes with their ID cards.

Officers then traced the tickets to an agency in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. The agency was operated by Li Guobiao's brother, Li Guoqing.

Police also found an airline had given its login and password details to one of its branches years ago.

The login and password was never canceled and the secret information was later acquired by Li Guoqing and his partner, police said.


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