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18 million yen stolen from NTT Docomo's e-money service

Checks of user identities were 'insufficient,' says VP of Japanese telecom

NTT Docomo Senior Executive Vice President Seiji Maruyama appologizes for the theft of funds from customer accounts during a news conference in Tokyo on Sept. 10. (Photo by Rie Ishii) 

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- About 18 million yen ($170,000) has been stolen from bank accounts linked to NTT Docomo Inc.'s e-money service, an executive of Japan's biggest mobile carrier said Thursday, prompting police to begin an investigation into a suspected scam.

As of Thursday, 66 cases of unauthorized withdrawals from accounts at 11 banks connected to the e-money service had been confirmed, according to NTT Docomo.

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