Recently, a shanzhai (fake) ATM appeared on the street of Xuanwu district, Beijing. Customers who used this “ATM” soon found that all their money in the bank account disappeared without a trace. Sina Reporter was told by the Beijing Police that the suspect Huang who set up the fake ATM was already arrested on the charge of credit card fraud. This is the first fake ATM case ever cracked in Beijing.
The fake ATM was set up in front of a cigarette shop at Xi Street, Xuanwu district in Beijing. Similar to the real ones, this machine was placed inside of a glass fronted room with a glass door at the corner of a building. According to the person who reported the crime, when user inserted his bank card into the machine the monitor screen displayed the message that ATM was out of service. And soon after, money in his bank account was all gone.
The fake ATM was already dismounted by the police and sent to the Beijing police department for technical investigations. Similar to the real ATM, the shanzhai ATM was decorated with words like “24 hours self-service” and logos of “VISA”, “MasterCard”, “UnionPay” etc. However if you pay closer attention, it is not difficult to spot many flaws.
Police Investigator said, “First of all it looks crudely made, as you can see here is some left-over glue. The slot where receipts supposed to come out is actually solid inside. It is just a metal plate glued onto the machine. And the slot where cash supposed to come out is also sealed shut, it is impossible to have cash come out of there. The overhead security camera is just a piece of plastic. And also there is no logo or name of any specific bank on the machine. Therefore citizens who keep on guard can easily notice that this is a fake ATM.”
Yesterday at 6pm, police arrested suspect Huang. 30-year-old, from Jilin, Huang admitted that he placed the fake ATM in front of a cigarette shop at Xi Street in Xuanwu district in order to commit credit card fraud. The fake ATM can automatically record user’s bank account and password etc. information. Based on the information, Huang then was able to withdraw money from these bank customers’ accounts. Currently the police are conducting further investigation on the origin of Huang’s fake ATM and his methods of committing the crime.
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