Japanese store clerk & # 39; has memorized 1,300 customers for credit card information and used to purchase luxury goods online & # 39;
- Susumu Yusuke Taniguchi, 34, worked as a cashier in a large store in Tokyo
- Police say he used photographic memory to steal credit card information from customers
- Allegedly he used details to buy products online, which he then resold for profit
- Researchers say he had a notebook at home with data from 1,300 people
A Japanese shop assistant has been accused of using his photographic memory to steal the credit card details of 1,300 customers.
Police in Tokyo say that Susumu Yusuke Taniguchi, 34, was able to remember the names, 16-digit card numbers, expiration dates and security codes of loyalty cards while he processed their transactions in a shop in the city.
Researchers say that Taniguchi then wrote the details in a notepad and later used the information to buy products online.
Susumu Yusuke Taniguchi, 34, is accused of using his photographic memory to steal the credit card details of 1,300 customers while working as a cashier
Taniguchi allegedly sold the products in order to obtain cash which he subsequently used to pay rent, food and other bills, ANN News reports.
The police discovered the plan by following the sale of two $ 2500 shoulder bags that were purchased using stolen card information.
The bags were delivered to Taniguchi's apartment, which led the police to plunder it.
Inside they claim to have found a notebook with the credit card details of around 1,300 people scribbled in it.
Police say he used the stolen data to buy luxury goods, which he then resold for cash to pay rent, food, and other bills (file image)
Photographic memory – also called eidetic memory – is a person's apparent ability to recall precise details about an object or image after having seen it only once, usually for a short period of time.
Historical figures such as Nikola Tesla and Leonardo Da Vinci are said to have photographic memories.
In modern times, Kim Peek – known as Rain Main – and Stephen Wiltshire, an autistic British savant who is known for producing detailed cityscapes from memory, are attributed to the condition.
However, scientists have never been able to fully verify that the phenomenon exists.
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