December 3, 2021 In arrested, online

2 arrested in online toy shop scam

TWO men have been arrested for allegedly stealing from an online toy shop by taking advantage of a loophole in its system, Shanghai police said yesterday.

The company that runs the “Ichibansho” shop on a WeChat app reported the case to police in Yangpu District in August.

Registered users of the app earn credits by inviting other users to join and placing orders. The credits earned can be used to buy products or be exchanged for cash.

In a financial review, the company found that two of its users had, over the past several months, earned 20,000 credits each every month, the most monthly credits available to a user, a nearly impossible feat.

The credits can be exchanged for 2,000 yuan (US$310) in cash.

The two allegedly had taken in about 800,000 yuan through the app.

Police soon located the two users, a man surnamed Ding who lives in Shanghai, and a man surnamed Wang who lives in Dongguan City in Guangdong Province.

Both have confessed to the theft, police said.