A Store Clerk in Tokyo Memorized 1,300 People’s Credit Card Numbers, Then Used Them Online

Tokyo police are now investigating a notebook where he recorded the credit card details.

by Meera Navlakha
09 September 2019, 9:20am

Photo by rupixen via Unsplash.

It’s hard enough to remember your own credit card number, expiry date, and security code. Now imagine memorizing all of that 1,300 times. A Tokyo store clerk did just that and has been arrested for using the information to make personal purchases online.

Yusuke Taniguchi, 34-years-old, worked part-time as a cashier at a mall in Koto City, a special ward in Tokyo. According to Sora News 24, Taniguchi has a photographic memory, which helped him remember customers’ information until he had time to write them down. After his arrest, the police reportedly found a notebook containing people’s names and credit card details.

Taniguchi was caught in March when he bought two bags valued at $2,500 that were delivered to his apartment. The police showed up with the delivery. The suspect told the police that he would sell the items he bought to a pawn shop and use the money for his expenses.

According to All-Nippon News Network, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police are still investigating the case and looking into the extent of Taniguchi’s crimes.

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