Tag - fraud



Cloning a person’s voice is increasingly easy. Once a scammer downloads a short sample from an audio clip they can use AI voice-synthesizing tools to create the content they need.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Aug 22, 2023
Powered by technology, imposter scams drive new wave of fraud
Scammers methods sound like the stuff of science fiction, but advanced techniques are already available to criminals preying on everyday consumers.
Hiroki Ito (center), who was arrested Wednesday along with 55-year-old Shigeru Sato over their alleged involvement in a Cambodia-based fraud ring, arrives at Haneda Airport on Thursday, following their deportation from the Southeast Asian country.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 16, 2023
Police arrest two Japanese fraud suspects deported from Cambodia
The pair's arrest comes amid numerous cases of Japanese nationals using bases abroad to commit crimes in their home country.
An Indonesian suspect (center), who was arrested in July by Indonesian police for illegally using the credit card information of a Japanese individual stolen through phishing, speaks during a news conference in Jakarta on Tuesday.
Aug 9, 2023
Record ¥3 billion stolen via phishing in Japan in first half of 2023
The number of cases mainly involving phishing this year has already surpassed the annual total of any previous year.
The Metropolitan Police Department is increasing vigilance against fake kidnapping scams targeting Chinese students in Japan.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 4, 2023
Chinese students in Japan coerced into staging own kidnappings
Believing that a Chinese fraud group is behind the scams, Japanese police are increasing vigilance while working together with the Chinese Embassy.
Transport ministry officials enter a Bigmotor dealership in Sapporo on Friday for an on-site inspection.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 28, 2023
Transport ministry conducts on-site probe of Bigmotor amid scandal
The surprise inspection, which covered dealerships in 24 prefectures, came after the ministry interviewed Bigmotor executives including newly appointed President Shinji Izumi on Wednesday.
Bigmotor's cozy relations with insurers have come to light in the wake of its scandal over fraudulent auto insurance claims.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 27, 2023
Repair fraud scandal spotlights cozy ties between Bigmotor and insurers
Japanese used car dealer Bigmotor's scandal over fraudulent auto insurance claims has spotlighted its cozy relations with major insurers.
Bigmotor President Hiroyuki Kaneshige (center) apologizes for improper conduct by the company's employees at a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 25, 2023
Bigmotor chief to resign in wake of repair fraud scandal
Employees were found to have intentionally damaged the vehicles of some customers in order to charge excessive repair fees and make fraudulent insurance claims.
Japan Times
Jul 19, 2023
Bigmotor releases report on insurance fraud
According to the report, 61 workers, or nearly 60% of 104 surveyed employees, said they had been ordered by their supervisors to pad car repair charges to receive bigger insurance payouts.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 18, 2023
Carlos Ghosn vows to fight allegations but won't return to Japan
“Nissan will have to pay for what they did to me and my family,” Ghosn said Tuesday, speaking via video link during a news conference in Tokyo.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 15, 2023
Japan police to launch new unit for tackling scams that target the elderly
The envisioned unit is expected to have more members and a larger role than an existing team that was established in 2005 to tackle so-called special fraud cases.
Japan Times
May 5, 2023
Industry insiders fear Chinese tropical island may be hub for green fuel fraud
Hainan has become a green-fuel hot spot, accounting for nearly a third of China’s biodiesel exports, but it has no capacity to convert feedstock like used cooking oil into biodiesel.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 11, 2023
Cambodia deports 19 suspects to Japan over alleged involvement in phone scams
The men, in their 20s to 50s, are suspected of defrauding a woman in her 60s living in Tokyo of ¥250,000 worth of BitCash electronic money in January, investigative sources said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal / Longform
Apr 10, 2023
Are rising crime rates in Japan cause for alarm?
After tumbling for two decades, the number of criminal offenses in the nation jumped last year. Should we be worried?
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 7, 2023
Arrest warrants obtained for 19 Japanese men in Cambodia over alleged scam calls
After the men, believed to be members of a fraud ring, are handed over to Japanese authorities, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department plans to transfer them to Japan and arrest them.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 17, 2023
Japan to crack down on crime rings that recruit via social media
Kishida has called for stronger measures against online posts offering 'dark part-time jobs,' while stressing the need to conduct 'cyberpatrols' to end recruiting for crimes.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 17, 2023
Two indicted over killing of Tokyo woman believed to part of a spate of robberies
The two men were arrested on suspicion of robbery-murder after Kinuyo Oshio, 90, was found dead at her home in Komae with her hands tied and head bleeding.
Japan Times
Mar 16, 2023
Exiled Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui charged with billion-dollar fraud in U.S.
Guo and his financial adviser, Kin Ming Je, conspired to cheat thousands of victims via a series of fictitious businesses and investment opportunities, prosecutors allege.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 1, 2023
Two high-profile Japan robbery suspects given fresh charges over theft
The arrests of Yuki Watanabe, 38, and Tomonobu Kojima, 45, come a day after two other men deported from the Philippines were also served new arrest warrants for related allegations.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 1, 2023
Man in western Japan guilty of fraud after receiving ¥46 million in COVID relief money
A district court handed the defendant a prison term of three years, but suspended for five, on the grounds that he expressed remorse for his actions and the money was returned.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal / FOCUS
Feb 20, 2023
Spate of robberies across Japan expose social media's role in enabling crime
Social media appears to have made it possible for a disparate group of individuals organized from overseas to carry out a series of crimes.


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