Police said Thursday that a 73-year-old woman was conned out of 15 million yen in an "ore-ore" scam in Saitama.
“Ore ore” (it's me, it's me) scams involve con artists calling an elderly person, claiming to be a relative in trouble and requesting that money be transferred to them immediately.
According to police, the woman received a phone call on Wednesday from a man claiming to be her nephew, NTV reported. The man told the woman that he lost a bag which contained a 30 million yen check from his company and asked her if she could lend him half the amount while his boss' wife would cover the other half.
Police said the woman believed his story, gathered 15 million yen in cash from her safety deposit box and handed it to a man who identified himself as the son of her nephew's boss at JR Omiya Station.© Japan Today