Police in Saitama Prefecture said Thursday they have arrested 11 people who, as part of an organized scam group, call up individuals claiming that they had missed a payment for using a website that is actually free to use.
According to police, the ringleader, Koji Nakahira, 35, and 10 others conned three men in Saitama Prefecture by pretending to be representatives from a website, TV Asahi reported.
The group claimed that for stopping a free trial before the allotted time, a fee would be required. Over the past several years the group has continued with their scheme and amassed over 200 million yen.
Police began a search for members of the group and discovered three separate hideouts from where they conducted operations. Cell phones and computers from the safe houses were confiscated by officers.
Nakahara was quoted by police as saying the group would claim to be lawyers as they carried out their scheme.© Japan Today