Tag - fraud



WORLD / Crime & Legal
Sep 25, 2014
Medical records are worth more to hackers than credit cards
A person's medical information can be worth 10 times more than a credit card number on the black market.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
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.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 11, 2014
Elderly man duped into ¥50 millon payback scam for earlier fraud
A Yokohama man in his 80s was swindled out of about ¥50 million by a male caller who said that he was a government official and that the government can pay off what he lost in an investment fraud case in the past, according to Kanagawa Prefectural Police.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 4, 2014
Cyberthefts hit record ¥1.85 billion in Japan
Cyberthieves continue to raid Japanese banks with ease, stealing ¥1.85 billion in the first half alone and breaking the full-year record set in 2013.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Aug 28, 2014
Former aide to Jasper Johns admits stealing, selling artwork for $6.5 million
A former assistant to renowned American contemporary artist Jasper Johns pleaded guilty on Wednesday to selling nearly two dozen of Johns' works without his knowledge.
LIFE / Language / THE BUZZ
Aug 23, 2014
Sagi (詐欺)
Instant messenger Line has been a popular target with fraudsters in recent months, with users being asked to buy prepaid cards in messages from friends whose smartphones have been hacked. In August, Line users have been hit by a new type of fraud (sagi, 詐欺) in which swindlers ask for ¥100,000 to cover hospital costs incurred as a result of an accident.
Aug 20, 2014
Watch out for fraudsters
The police, local government officials and community volunteers should strive to educate the elderly members of their community about the danger of fraud.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 16, 2014
Rola's dad released on scant evidence
Prosecutors have released the father of Japanese television personality Rola due to a lack of evidence backing his arrest on suspicion of fraud.
Aug 16, 2014
Rola's dad released due to lack of evidence
Prosecutors say they have released the father of Japanese television personality Rola due to a lack of evidence backing his arrest on suspicion of fraud.
Japan Times
Jul 27, 2014
Rola's dad arrested over alleged health fraud
Police say father of prominent TV personality swindled u00a5875,000 from the national health insurance system via fraudulent expense claims.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Jul 16, 2014
Madoff sons took millions for real estate, trustee alleges
Bernard Madoff's sons created accounts out of thin air and engineered sham loans to buy pricey Manhattan real estate as they diverted tens of millions of dollars of money from their father's firm, a court-appointed trustee said Tuesday.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 5, 2014
Nature issues mea culpa for failing to learn from past instance of science fraud
British science journal Nature said Thursday it had failed to learn from a past instance of research misconduct, a day after it retracted two stem cell papers that were widely condemned as substandard.
JAPAN / Society
Jun 8, 2014
Elderly with dementia increasingly targeted in consumer fraud
Elderly people with dementia or diminished mental capacity are increasingly becoming targets in consumer fraud, with reported cases soaring since 2003.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 16, 2014
Cyberthefts surge to new record
Cyberthefts in the first four months of this year have already surpassed the total for 2013, according to the National Police Agency.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
May 4, 2014
Food labs fight organized crime
At first glance the sprawling campus amid glorious countryside looks an unlikely base from which to wage war against Italy's most feared crime organization, the 'ndrangheta.
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 9, 2014
Banks sue Olympus for ¥27.9 billion over fraud
Olympus Corp. said Wednesday it's being sued by six banks for a total of ¥27.9 billion in damages, the largest amount among civil lawsuits filed against the camera and endoscope maker over a 13-year accounting fraud.
Mar 29, 2014
Consumer Affairs Agency must step up anti-fraud fight
Japanese society may envied in many parts of the world, but there's a fraudulent underside that ripped off consumers in amounts totaling 1.2 percent of the nation's GDP in 2013.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 6, 2014
Swindlers made off with a record ¥48.69 billion in 2013, NPA reports
Damage from fraud cases totaled a record high ¥48.69 billion in 2013, up by about 33.6 percent from the previous record of ¥36.44 billion in 2012, provisional data released by the National Police Agency shows.
Japan Times
Feb 6, 2014
Samuragochi's ghostwriter speaks
The man who ghostwrote works credited to “deaf” composer Mamoru Samuragochi for the past 18 years stepped forward Thursday as his “partner in crime.”
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 5, 2014
Eight held over phony investments
Eight men were arrested Wednesday for allegedly running a scam selling nonexistent shares in medical and other firms that potentially defrauded 200 people out of about ¥400 million, police said.


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