In a daring heist involving thousands of coordinated withdrawals, 100 thieves in Japan made away with $13m within three hours and have not yet been caught.
Police believe that over 100 people worked together using forged credit cards containing illegal account details obtained from a bank in South Africa.
This happened in the morning on May 15th, the fake cards were used in 1400 ATM’s, each person made a withdrawal of 100,000 yen, the maximum allowed by the machines, they were able to get away with over 1.4bn yen (US$12.7m).
Japanese police have requested the assistance of the authorities in South Africa, via Interpol to establish how the credit card information was obtained. Transaction data retrieved from the ATM machines suggests that the criminals used information for 1,600 credit cards issued by the unnamed South African bank.
Reports say that this incident occured on Sunday, May 15th from about 5am and the last withdrawal occurred by 8am the same day.
It has been assumed that the criminals are no longer in Japan, after giving themselves a head start by carrying out the operation on a day the banks would not be working and also using details from another country thus giving them enough time to flee before the the authorities figure it out.