Tag - its-me-scam



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.
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.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 20, 2020
Losses in Japan from cash card collection scams surged in 2019
Losses from cash card collection scams more than doubled in 2019 from the previous year, with swindlers posing as police officers or bank workers visiting victims' homes and tricking them into handing over their cards, a police report showed Thursday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 12, 2019
Tokyo police use dog walkers to raise awareness among elderly people about fraud cases
Dogs and their owners paraded down streets in Tokyo on Monday to help prevent people from becoming victims of frauds in which swindlers make phone calls pretending to be relatives asking for money.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 23, 2019
Under Japan's revised anti-gangster law, yakuza boss told to pay damages for money transfer scam
A court on Thursday ordered the head of the Sumiyoshi-kai crime syndicate to pay damages over money transfer scams committed by a fraud group formed by an affiliated gang member.
Japan Times
Apr 20, 2019
NHK docudrama reveals telephone scam tactics
Thai police last month raided a residence in Pattaya where an alleged telephone swindling operation was taking place. They discovered 15 Japanese nationals suspected of calling retired people in Japan and fooling them into purchasing electronic money. Japanese police say they will arrest the suspects...
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 21, 2019
Damages from 'it's me' and other petty fraud scams in Japan down for fourth straight year
Victims who were age 65 or older stood at 78.0 percent, underscoring the need to focus on senior citizens in taking preventive measures.
Japan Times
Nov 15, 2014
Creative crooks stay one step ahead
The "Ore, ore" ("It's me") fraudsters and their ilk, who telephone elderly people and pretend to be a relative in need of money to help them out of a jam, keep coming up with new scams.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 12, 2014
'Jokyo' scam is swindlers' latest ruse as 'ore-ore' fraud hits new record
Cases of fraud involving swindlers pretending to be relatives of victims continue to rise, with the amount of money defrauded topping a record ¥40 billion in the nine-month period through the end of September, police said.
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 Times
Feb 12, 2012
Swindlers continue to scam the elderly out of their savings
Recently, my partner renewed her drivers license and was waiting in line to pay her fee. The clerk asked the elderly man waiting in front of her if he wanted to join the Japan Traffic Safety Association for an additional fee. She rattled off a memorized spiel, and after the intimidated old man assented...
Mar 25, 2010
'Ore, ore' ringleader gets 20 years
The Tokyo District Court sentenced the accused mastermind of a massive "ore, ore" remittance scam to 20 years in prison Wednesday for violating the law against organized crime.
Jul 6, 2003
Two held in ¥4.4 million yen 'Ore' scam
Police have arrested two men on suspicion of swindling two Tokushima Prefecture women out of a total of 4.4 million yen by posing as acquaintances, the police said Saturday.


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