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High-tech credit-card fraud is rising fast throughout Asia

The scam was as simple as running a credit card through a "skimmer." That was Koon-cheong Chang's job. A waiter at a Hong Kong tourist spot called the Peak Cafe, Chang took cards from tourists, most of them Japanese, then quietly swiped an extra copy on a small machine in his pocket that copied the receipts onto a computer chip. According to police, the card numbers were then faxed to Japan, where a criminal gang headed by Chang's brother-in-law used them to make counterfeit credit cards. Weeks later the victims noticed luxury goods and electronics purchases from places like Guam popping up on their card bills.

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