Sample newspaper article


「コロナ関連で補助金が出る。カードと印鑑を用意して」。警視庁によると、東京都葛飾区で3月下旬、80代の男性宅に女の声で電話があった。他に「検査キットを送った」といった電話も確認されている。 (KYODO)

Words and phrases

全国 (ぜんこく) nationwide

消費生活(しょうひせいかつ)センター consumer affairs center

寄(よ)せる to give, to send

新型(しんがた)コロナウイルス novel coronavirus

便乗(びんじょう)する to capitalize on, to take advantage of

詐欺 (さぎ) scam

など and others

相談 (そうだん) consultation

1万件 (いちまんけん) 10,000 cases

突破(とっぱ)する to exceed

8日 (ようか) the 8th

国民生活(こくみんせいかつ)センター National Consumer Affairs Center

取材 (しゅざい) collecting information (for a news story)

分(わ)かる to be revealed

補助金 (ほじょきん) subsidy

出(で)る to be provided

現金 (げんきん) cash

だまし取(と)る to defraud, to swindle

電話 (でんわ) phone call

~のほか in addition to ~

外出自粛 (がいしゅつじしゅく) voluntary restraint on going out

高齢者(こうれいしゃ)ら elderly people

狙(ねら)う to target

訪問盗 (ほうもんとう) literally, “visitor thief,” meaning someone who comes to a house pretending to be a guest but steals things

検査(けんさ)する to examine [in this case, health checks]

子(こ)ども child/children

近(ちか)づく to approach

不審者 (ふしんしゃ) suspicious person

事件 (じけん) case

相次(あいつ)ぐ to occur one after another

不安 (ふあん) anxiety

つけ込(こ)む to take advantage of, to prey on

手口 (てぐち) trick, modus operandi

さらに further

増加(ぞうか)する to increase

恐(おそ)れがある it is feared, there’s a worry

警察 (けいさつ) police

関係機関 (かんけいきかん) relevant authorities

警戒 (けいかい) vigilance

強(つよ)める to raise, to tighten

~関連(かんれん) ~related

カード [bank] card

印鑑 (いんかん) official seal

用意(ようい)する to prepare

警視庁 (けいしちょう) the Metropolitan Police Department

~によると according to~

東京都 (とうきょうと) Metropolis of Tokyo

葛飾区 (かつしかく) Katsushika Ward

3月(さんがつ)下旬(げじゅん) late March

80代 (はちじゅうだい) 80-year-olds

男性 (だんせい) man

~宅 (たく) residence of ~

女 (おんな) woman

声 (こえ) voice

他(ほか)に also

検査(けんさ)キット test kit

送(おく)る to send

確認(かくにん)する to confirm

Quick questions

1) コロナ関連の訪問盗に狙われているのは誰ですか?

2) 不審者はどのようにして子どもに近づきましたか?

3) 葛飾区の男性はどんな詐欺の電話を受けましたか?


The National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan reported on the 8th that consultations at consumer affairs offices nationwide on scams and other incidents that take advantage of the novel coronavirus have exceeded 10,000. Cases popping up one after another include attempts by imposters to swindle money by pretending over the phone to offer “financial aid,” “visiting thieves” who target the homes of self-isolating elderly people, and suspicious people approaching children for “health checks.” As there is fear that further frauds taking advantage of anxieties (related to the novel coronavirus) will increase, the police and related organizations are stressing caution.

According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, in late March a man in his 80s in Tokyo’s Katsushika Ward received a call from a woman asking him to “prepare his bank card and official seal for a coronavirus-related financial subsidy coming out.” In addition to that, it was confirmed that calls that claimed “health check kits were being sent” occurred.


1) Who is the target of the virus-related visitor scam theft?


Elderly people who voluntarily refrain from going out.

2) How did suspicious people approach children?


They pretended to conduct health examinations.

3) What kind of scam phone call did the man in Katsushika Ward receive?


He received a call that said he could get coronavirus-related financial aid.

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