Police in Tokyo have arrested three men who conspired to con an elderly woman to give them large sums of money, after one of them pretended to be her son on the phone.
Police identified one of the trio as Takeshi Umehara, 32, and said he had ties to the Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza syndicate, NTV reported Wednesday.
According to police, Umehara phoned the 78-year-old woman and pretended to be her son. He then proceeded to ask for approximately 4 million yen after explaining that he needed help to cover his stock market losses.
Suspicious of the phone call, the woman told her husband who contacted their son. The family then notified police. A 24-year-old man, claiming to be a colleague of the couple's son, showed up to collect the money and was arrested.© Japan Today