Japanese police have confiscated written instructions believed to have been used in a surge of cash withdrawals from ATMs made using forged credit cards.
Police say people took out a total of more than 1.8 billion yen, or about 17 million dollars, from about 1,700 automated teller machines across Japan on May 15th. The transactions took place over a few hours.
The police in the central Japanese prefecture of Niigata say they seized a manual apparently connected to the withdrawals, while investigating 3 men arrested late last month on fraud charges in another case.
The manual gives instructions on what steps to take after inserting a forged card into an ATM.
It also explains that each withdrawal should be up to 100,000 yen, or about 900 dollars, and that the number of transactions at a single location should be limited to 5.
The manual also warns against inputting wrong PIN numbers, as doing so can void cards.
The police believe the 3 suspects may have been involved in the massive theft. They say more than 100 people nationwide probably took part.
Source: NHK Video and image: ANN