Sep 17, 2014

Kanagawa police set up team to fight scams targeting the elderly

Police in Kanagawa Prefecture set up a team on Wednesday to investigate and prevent fraud targeting the elderly. The team of more than 100 officers, drawn from different departments, is the first such large-scale initiative in Japan to tackle “furikome” bank transfer scams, according ...

Feb 1, 2013

'Furikome' fraud up for a third year

Monetary harm from “furikome” phone fraud involving bank transfers increased 27.1 percent in 2012 to ¥16.16 billion, up for the third straight year, the National Policy Agency said Thursday. The monthly total surpassed ¥2 billion in October and December, approaching the peak levels seen ...