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6 sentenced to jail over information scam
    2018-05-14  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

SIX people were sentenced to between two and 12.5 years in jail for trading personal information that facilitated credit card scams in Futian District, Shenzhen.

On Feb. 27, 2016, a parent surnamed Yang living in Futian District received a text massage reminding him to be careful about the conduct of his child at school. Without hesitation, Yang tapped on the link and found the content was quite different from what the reminder suggested. On the following day, Yang found that 68,000 yuan (US$ 10,737) had been transferred out of his account.

On March 7, 2016, the suspect surnamed Song was detained for group texting scam massages embedded with a virus link to parents using personal information that Song had purchased from a man surnamed Teng.

Parents who tapped the link were exposed to personal information leakage as Song’s mobile phone would receive all of the victims’ text message information. Song would then check the text message information for the bank card information of the victims. If Song couldn’t find the complete bank account information, he would send the information through QQ to his ring members, who would figure out the complete bank account information. With the information, Song would then tell a man nicknamed Black Jack, who is still on the run, to withdraw the money from the victim’s account. Once Black Jack had withdrawn the money, Song would inform him of the verification code he received via the mobile phone and the two would share the money.

The investigation showed a total 37 people, mostly in Shenzhen, had fallen victim to the scam. The two had cheated people out of more than 500,000 yuan.

Based on the confession of Song, police arrested Teng and his four accomplices for illegal information trading.

The investigation of one of the accomplices surnamed Xiong found he had gathered personal information via online trades and also acquired hundreds of thousands of pieces of personal information on Shenzhen students, car owners, bank card owners and property owners through exchanges with others. In information trade, Xiong got to know Teng, who had accumulated a huge amount of personal information for trading. Teng acquired the information from the courier industry and car dealing industry.

Song was prosecuted for infringing on personal information and engaging in a credit card scam, while the other five suspects were prosecuted for infringing on personal information. Song was sentenced to 12.5 years in jail, while the others were given two to 2.5 years in jail. 

(Han Ximin)

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