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Fraudsters force Japanese carrier to halt mobile payment sign-ups

Docomo's security measures criticized as lax after illicit bank withdrawals

NTT Docomo will introduce stricter identity verification measures for its mobile payment service to combat fraud. (Photo by Masayuki Terazawa)

TOKYO -- Japanese mobile carrier NTT Docomo said Wednesday it has halted new registrations for its mobile payment service in response to a string of fraudulent bank withdrawals tied to the platform nationwide.

Docomo lets users shop online and transfer money through its payment system, which is connected to a bank account. But the service has been used to take money illicitly from accounts at 10 or more financial institutions, including 77 Bank and Chugoku Bank.

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