Two people arrested for theft from online toy store


Two men have been arrested for allegedly stealing from an online toy store by taking advantage of a loophole in its system, Shanghai police said on Monday.

The company that runs the store on a WeChat app, known as “Ichibansho,” reported the case to the Yangpu District Police in August.

Registered users of the app earn credits by inviting other users to join and place orders, and the credits earned can be used to directly purchase products or redeem for cash.

In a financial review, the company found that two of its users had, over the past few months, earned 20,000 credits each month, the most monthly credits available to a user, a near impossible feat. According to its rules, credits can be exchanged for 2,000 yuan (310) in cash.

The two men reportedly cashed around 800,000 yuan through the app.

Police quickly located the two users, a man named Ding who lives in Shanghai and a man named Wang who lives in Dongguan City, Guangdong Province. Both confessed to the theft.

Wang said he accidentally discovered that when the internet signal is weak, an app user can claim more credits than they deserve by clicking a button that does not immediately respond to requests.

Taking advantage of the loophole, Wang, an avid manga toy fan, started robbing the store and even gave the tip to Ding, who was looking for such loopholes online, police said.

Police recovered the toys the two bought from the store with the allegedly illegally earned credits.

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