A father-son fraud operation in Shanghai has been busted by cops after the pair was caught tricking people into handing over their credit cards on the promise of increasing their credit limits (yeah, really), netting the two more than 10,000 yuan.
The father and son, both surnamed Ma, were arrested on February 26 after being traced all the way to Guangzhou, Guangdong province with the help of local cops.
Shanghai Daily reports that one victim surnamed Huang said he met with the son on February 16 after seeing an advertisement for his services near an ATM machine.
He met with Ma the next day at a building on Xizang Road and handed his three credit cards over to the younger conman.
Ma left the building with the cards and came back to return them to Huang, according to Huangpu police. Ma then left again and failed to return. Within half an hour, Huang got a message from his bank saying that 49,000 yuan had had been taken out of his accounts, at which point he called the cops.
Officers were able to identify Ma because he had left his cellphone with Huang (‘atta boy). A search led them to Father Ma, whom they suspected of being involved in a similar stunt in Jing’an.
After being tracked down in Guangzhou, cops discovered that the father and son had committed eight such thefts in the nine days before their arrest, and judging on this victim’s incompetence, it’s pretty goddamn easy to see why.