Tag - fraud



Entrepreneurs Yusaku Maezawa (second from right) and Takafumi Horie (third from right) attend a study session on fake social media ads and investment scams at the Liberal Democratic Party headquarters in Tokyo on April 10.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 17, 2024
Police warn against investment scams on social media
Scammers are posing as prominent businesspeople to increase credibility and to lure victims into "get rich quick” schemes.
Counterfeit credit cards at the Osaka Prefectural Police Department in November
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 10, 2024
Illicit credit card use damage hits record high in Japan
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry aims to strengthen measures to prevent such damage.
A fake website claiming to be that of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (left) and the actual site
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 5, 2024
Tokyo police issue warning on phishing scam involving false claims of arrest warrants
Tokyo police issue warning against scam involving fake websites aimed at getting victims to disclose their personal information and bank account details.
Prosecutors decided not to indict two Chinese women who had been arrested for a fraud case that garnered attention due to their alleged ties with what has been called a Chinese "overseas police station."
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 26, 2024
Ex-officials of alleged Chinese 'police station' in Tokyo not indicted
One of the women was suspected of falsely claiming that her sex-related business was a chiropractic clinic in order to receive COVID-19 subsidies.
Mobile phones seized from an apartment room in Phnom Penh in relation to a special fraud case are shown at a police station in Saitama Prefecture in November.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 22, 2024
Arrests of 'tokuryū' gang members estimated to have topped 10,000
More than 10,000 members of so-called tokuryū criminal groups are believed to have been arrested in Japan in the three years through 2023, a National Police Agency (NPA) survey showed Thursday.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government holds an event in Tokyo in November to increase people's awareness for fraud and 'dark' part-time jobs. Recruitment ads for such jobs formed some 90% of deletion requests made to internet service providers last year.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 15, 2024
Nearly 3,000 postings for 'dark' part-time jobs removed from internet in 2023
Recruitment ads for such jobs formed the bulk of deletion requests made to Japanese internet service providers last year.
Yusuke Yamazaki, former president of Nishiyama Farm, arrives at Narita Airport in Chiba Prefecture on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 13, 2024
Ex-Nishiyama Farm president arrested after deportation from Indonesia
Yusuke Yamazaki had been on the international wanted list for his alleged involvement in investment fraud involving overseas fruit sales.
Aichi police assert that the duo also received approximately ¥5.9 million in kickbacks for the fraudulent practice from the company that it placed orders with.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 13, 2024
Two former Toyota employees arrested on fraud charges
The employees allegedly defrauded the company out of ¥11.5 million ($78,000) by inflating expenses and placing questionable orders.
The National Police Agency conducted its first survey on social media-linked investment frauds and romance scams as the amount of damage from such cases surged last year.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 7, 2024
Damage from investment and romance scams in Japan hits ¥45.5 billion
The figure was higher than ¥44.12 billion stolen in remittance and other special fraud cases, according to police data.
Documents, including forged driver's licenses, used in a fraud case are shown at Aichi Prefectural Police's Kasugai police station on Monday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 5, 2024
Aichi police arrest five over fraud and illicit opening of bank accounts
The monthslong racket involved the selling of such accounts to a different group for fraudulent purposes.
Last week, Thailand assisted in transferring approximately 900 Chinese nationals in scam centers in Myanmar back to China, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said Sunday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Mar 4, 2024
Thailand facilitates transfer of 900 scam victims from Myanmar to China
Last November, Myanmar authorities handed over 31,000 telecom fraud suspects to China in a joint crackdown against online scams.
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.


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