An 80-year-old woman in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture, was deceived into paying some 15 million yen after she fell for a telephone call fraud, police said.
According to police, the woman received a call on Nov 6 from a man claiming to be her son, Fuji TV reported. The "son" said he needed money for emergency surgery, but his account was frozen and he needed her to pay in advance.
The woman, not realizing that she was a victim of fraud, complied with the request and handed the cash to another man, who identified himself as a coworker of her “son” and had come to collect the money.
The crime came to light after the woman called her real son later on to confirm the situation.
The incident is yet another case of the money extortion fraud, colloquially known as “ore ore sagi” in Japan, meaning, “It’s me, it’s me, fraud.” The word refers to the way fraudsters typically call elderly relatives, posing as their grown children, by saying, “It’s me,” and then ask for urgent financial help.© Japan Today