Tag - fraud



Romance scams are designed to exploit individuals emotionally, leading them to part with their money.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 27, 2024
Deceptive lawyer ads exploit victims of romance scams Japan
Some legal practitioners exaggerate their success records in recovering stolen funds and fail to follow through on the collection process.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 21, 2024
Japanese suspect in investment fraud detained in Indonesia
Yusuke Yamazaki, former president of a farm company in Okayama Prefecture, had been wanted since 2021.
A building in Tokyo's Akihabara district raided by the Metropolitan Police Department's public security bureau in May last year
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 21, 2024
Chinese 'overseas police station' in Tokyo raided over benefit fraud
According to papers submitted to prosecutors, the raids stemmed from an alleged illegal receipt of COVID-19 subsidies.
A building in Manila where a group of Japanese individuals engaged in fraud
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 8, 2024
Cyber and phone fraud cases in Japan surge, marking 15-year high
National Police Agency officials say that it is premature to conclude that public safety in Japan has deteriorated.
Sompo Holdings' Kengo Sakurada is planning to step down as the company's CEO at the end of March.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 23, 2024
Sompo Holdings' CEO to resign over handling of Bigmotor wrongdoing
The Financial Services Agency has ended its on-site inspections of Sompo Holdings and Sompo Japan and is expected to issue business improvement orders.
Jesus Crispin Remulla, Philippines' justice secretary, speaks during an interview at the Justice Department in Manila on Thursday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 22, 2024
Philippines says it has learned lessons from 'Luffy' crime ring case
One lesson is to place a limit on detainees access to smartphones and other communication tools.
Daihatsu President Soichiro Okudaira speaks to reporters at the transport ministry on Tuesday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 17, 2024
Daihatsu may lose production rights for three models in safety scandal
An inspection by the transport ministry found that air bags had been set to inflate automatically in tests rather than when a crash was detected.
More than 40% of consumers in Japan have been swindled by websites or apps using "dark patterns," a survey has found.
Dec 11, 2023
Over 40% of consumers in Japan fall prey to 'dark pattern' sites
Deceptive web or app designs known as "dark patterns" trick consumers into making choices they would not have otherwise made.
Interior and security ministers from the Group of Seven major countries meet in the city of Mito, in Ibaraki Prefecture, on Sunday to step up cooperation in the fight against cross-border organized fraud.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 11, 2023
G7 agrees in Japan to enhance cooperation against organized fraud
Ministers from the bloc agreed that their countries should strengthen support for developing countries from which fraudulent phone calls are made.
U.S. prosecutors accused Amit Patel, the Jacksonville Jaguars' former manager of financial planning and analysis, of stealing the money to fund a luxurious lifestyle
Dec 8, 2023
Ex-Jaguars executive accused of stealing $22 million from team
U.S. prosecutors accused Amit Patel, the team’s former manager of financial planning and analysis, of stealing the money to fund a luxurious lifestyle.
Kiyoto Imamura, who the police suspect used the pseudonym "Luffy" when planning and coordinating scams and burglaries.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 5, 2023
'Luffy' crime ring members served fresh warrants over 2022 robbery
The latest arrests mark the final charges from eight cases of burglary across the country subject to intensive police investigation since June.
A man, who said he was jailed for two years, speaks on condition of anonymity in temporary housing for former prisoners in Tokyo. Criminal recruits in Japan are being "exploited and disposed of as pawns" by gang leaders, the National Police Agency has said.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 24, 2023
Why Japan's gangs are recruiting online
For Japan's criminal underworld, social media offers an anonymous way to connect with anyone willing to commit crimes to earn money.
Daisuke Ogawa (right) arrives at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo on Wednesday after being transferred from Thailand.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 15, 2023
Japanese suspect in alleged phone scam extradited from Thailand
The case it the latest in a series in which scammer groups were found to be targeting Japanese victims from locations in Southeast Asia.
Au Pay offers points for each transaction up to ¥250,000, with users receiving reward points.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 10, 2023
Six arrested in ¥171 million au Pay points scam
The store owner is believed to have been recruiting people on social media to cooperate with him on the fake transactions.
Suspects arrested aboard a flight from Cambodia for their alleged involvement in phone scams arrive at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Wednesday night.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 9, 2023
Japanese phone scam suspects speak of harsh conditions in Cambodia
One man said he had only one day off a month and was "not allowed to go outside" the apartment from which the alleged scam was run.
Japanese police investigators arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 8, 2023
Japanese fraud suspects extradited from Cambodia
Investigators say the suspects made fraudulent phone calls from Cambodia posing as nursing home staff and lawyers, aiming to scam victims in Japan.
An apartment building in Phnom Penh where a group of Japanese nationals was detained for allegedly running a phone scam operation.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 7, 2023
25 alleged fraudsters held in Cambodia to be extradited to Japan
Investigators from several Japanese prefectural police authorities have been dispatched to Phnom Penh to facilitate the transfer.
Former FTX chief executive Sam Bankman-Fried leaves Manhattan federal court in New York in January.
Nov 4, 2023
Swift FTX case vindicates prosecution ‘need for speed’
ON Thursday, the jury took only a few hours to convict Sam Bankman-Fried of treating FTX as his personal piggy bank.
Former FTX chief Sam Bankman-Fried leaves court following a bail hearing ahead of his October fraud trial, in New York City on July 26.  He was found guilty on all counts against him on Thursday.
Nov 3, 2023
Sam Bankman-Fried found guilty on all counts at fraud trial
The panel reached its decision after five weeks of trial, and the former crypto tycoon now faces up to 110 years behind bars.
The transport ministry holds a hearing session for Bigmotor on Friday in Nagoya. Bigmotor officials did not show up.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 20, 2023
Transport ministry moves to punish Bigmotor outlets over fraud
Violations by the used car chain have included overcharging customers for inspection and maintenance fees.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves