As if the stress of participating in the world’s largest human migration weren’t enough, Spring Festival travelers have one more thing to worry about. Hangzhou-based Qianjiang Evening Post reports that a woman named Xiao Qiao recently downloaded a Trojan while trying to buy a ticket from the Ministry of Railways official ticketing site — “which comes buried with downloads of other software” — and found herself charged 1,730 yuan for a 152-yuan ticket.
“I checked everything, the train, the fare… I checked over and over again, afraid of making any mistake,” she said.
Xiao Qiao said that her payment concluded with two different pages telling her simultaneously that she had both failed and successfully paid her fare. She then received a text message from a bank notifying her that 1,728 yuan had been deducted from her account and transferred to a bank in Shenzhen.
The brief doesn’t tell us if Xiao was able to recover her money, or how many people were similarly duped. But on top of all the other problems 12306.cn has, this latest surely won’t make anyone more comfortable with the idea of online purchasing.