Man arrested for illegally obtaining personal info of millions

13:52, November 10, 2010      

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A man suspected of illegally obtaining 3 million pieces of personal information was arrested by the Futian District procuratorate in Shenzhen on Nov. 9.

The man, named Liu, founded a consultancy company in March 2009 and employed some employees. He illegally bought more than 3 million pieces personal information from someone, such as registered information for mobile call, information on car ownership, one's census registration information, exit and entry information and hotel check-in information. With this information, he charged high fees for services such as investigation of extramarital affairs, conducting background checks, monitoring bank accounts, determining estate ownership, satellite location and other services involving personal private information.

He set up a website to push his company, advertised extensively and connected the potential clients with his staff.

The company investigates marital affairs and background in this way: first, he buys the information, such as the household registration, cars, etc. from somebody online and pays 30 percent to 50 percent of the total fee as subscription. The rest will not be paid until the company receives all of the information that completely satisfies the client's needs.

He said the sellers are all known via the Internet. Each time he needs information, he sends a short message or email to the seller and the seller sends data to him by QQ (a popular instant message software in China) or Email. Then Liu pays by webbank without meeting with the seller.

Liu was arrested in August this year.

By Liu Hui People's Daily Online

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