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1,400 locations were hit using fraudulent South African credit cards.
It occurred on the morning of December 10, , in Tokyo , Japan. Half a century later, the case remains unsolved. The metal boxes contained bonuses for the employees of Toshiba's Fuchu factory. The police officer informed them that their branch manager's house had been blown up, and they had received a warning that dynamite had been planted in the transport car. The four employees exited the vehicle while the officer crawled under the car to locate the bomb. Moments later, the employees noticed smoke and flames under the car as the officer rolled out, shouting that it was about to explode. When the employees retreated to the prison walls, the police officer got into the car and drove away.
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Police said they believe up to people were involved in the heist, according to the Kyodo News Agency. The thieves apparently went to ATMs like those found in s across Japan and swiped counterfeit South African credit cards, created using information from cards issued by South Africa's Standard Bank. By using foreign cards to withdraw cash and by making the withdrawals early Sunday morning 5am on Sunday in Tokyo is 10pm Saturday night in Johannesburg, South Africa , the criminals avoided immediate detection. The heist comes as credit card networks like Visa and MasterCard are trying to move world markets toward uniform acceptance of chip-based cards , which are considered less vulnerable to fraud than magnetic stripe cards. Visa and Mastercard, the companies supporting the shift to the new card standard, have given ATM owners in Japan until October 1, to support chip-and-pin cards or risk liability for fraud. You must login or create an account to comment. Meredith P.
Due to strong suspicions that he was innocent, no justice minister ever signed his death warrant. He explained that he was a public health official sent by US occupation authorities who had orders to inoculate the staff against a sudden outbreak of dysentery. He gave all sixteen people present a pill and a few drops of liquid. Ten of the victims died at the scene one was a child of an employee and two others died while hospitalized. Hirasawa was caught by the police due to the Japanese habit of exchanging business cards with personal details. There had been two other extremely similar cases of attempted and actual theft at banks via the use of poison in the weeks and months before the robbery. In all cases the poisoner, a lone male, left a business card.