JAPANESE CLERK USED MEMORIZATION TO STEAL 1,300 CREDIT CARDS, MAKE ILLICIT PURCHASES
So I hate card skimmers, cloners, and all other sorts of nefarious perps that steal our money, even our identities, for their own gain. I’ve been through it and it’s no walk in the park. But I must say I’m a little impressed hearing about one Japanese clerk that managed to steal more than 1,300 credit cards. So how did he do it? Technology? No. Skimming or cloning? Nah. He instantly memorized card numbers while they were in front of him. Memorization is still, it seems, a valuable skill in the modern era.
PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY LET CLERK INSTANTLY MEMORIZE NAMES, NUMBERS, SECURITY CODES AND EXPIRATION DATES
The Japanese clerk is Yusuke Taniguchi. The 34-year-old used to work as a part time cashier at one of those huge malls in Koto City, Japan. But this clerk has nearly perfect recall. You’ve likely heard of it before as photographic memory, or eidetic memory. That’s how he could simply and instantly see and memorize credit card numbers, the names on them as well as their expiration dates and security codes. If you think that’s easy, just take out one of your own cards and try to do the same. But if you can’t remember your own name, I have no suggestions.
BUT A PERFECT MEMORY DIDN’T STOP HIM FROM GETTING HOME DELIVERY
So how did authorities catch this clerk? Well, a perfect memory doesn’t mean you have perfect judgement or even decent strategy. Taniguchi admitter to buying things with other people’s credit and would later sell them at a local pawn shop to make some extra ill-gotten gains. First, he had these fraudulently bought goods delivered directly to his own home! Not so smart. Second, the clerk kept a notebook which detailed all of his thieving purchases. Dumb. Ass. Authorities went after him after he bought two shoulder bags worth over $5,000. The rest, you might say, is totally forgettable.