A 70-year-old woman in Tokyo has become the latest to be defrauded of money in a bank transfer scam, police said Saturday.
Police say the woman, a resident of Machida, was called by a man claiming to be her son on March 29 at around 1 p.m., TV Asahi reported. The man told her he had left a bag on a train containing a check and that he needed her to help him raise the money to replace it.
According to investigators, the woman emptied her bank account, withdrawing 20 million yen, which she took home. At around 4 p.m., a man wearing a suit claiming to be her son's coworker came to the house to collect the money, TV Asahi reported.
The fraud was discovered later that evening when she telephoned her son.© Japan Today