Hundred thieves made away with $13m in just under three hours in a daring robbery involving thousands of coordinated withdrawals in Japan.
According to police report they used forged credit cards containing account details illegally obtained from a bank in South Africa.
The fake cards were used in 1400 ATM's and each person made a withdrawal 100,000 yen – the maximum allowed by the cash machines, they were able to cart away more than 1.4bn yen (US$12.7m).
Japanese police have requested the assistance of the authorities in South Africa, via Interpol in establishing how the credit card information was obtained.Transaction data retrieved from the cash machines suggests that the criminals used information for 1,600 credit cards issued by the unnamed South African bank.
The robbers are yet to be apprehended as investigations continue.