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Furikome sagi (bank transfer scams) have become such an entrenched part of life in Japan that you can’t even make a bank transfer via an ATM these days without first acknowledging a notice reminding you to refrain from sending money to people you don’t know.

Still, such scams continue to deceive people, especially the elderly, in spite of ongoing warnings from the National Police Agency. The fraudulent activity can have serious consequences.

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