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Tokyo clerk uses photographic memory to steal credit card info from over 1,300 customers

While some people can't remember what they had for breakfast, a Tokyo man is in jail for remembering the credit cards of over 1,000 customers.

Japan Today reports that 34-year-old Yusuke Taniguchi memorized over 1,300 credit card numbers and used them to make online purchases.  .

Tanigushi worked part-time at a Koto City mall.  Whenever a customer brandished their credit card, his photographic memory would retain all the information -- the 16-digit number, name, expiration date, and security code -- by the time the transaction finished.

Once the customer left, Taniguchi would jot down the information in a notebook and await his next victim. 

Taniguchi used the stolen credit card information to buy expensive items online, like two shoulder bags valued at $2,500 USD, which he would then sell to a pawn shop. 

So, how did this literal genius get caught?  Turns out that while he has a brilliant memory, he lacks common sense -- all his online purchases were shipped to his apartment.  

Police found Taniguchi rather easily once customers began reporting their compromised credit cards.

Authorities later found the notebook he used to record customer's credit cards, which reportedly contains hundreds of names and credit card numbers.

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