Police said Wednesday that an 81-year-old man foiled a bank transfer scam by pretending to be taken in by it. One suspect, identified as Kenichi Kato, was arrested along with an accomplice for attempting to defraud the man of 3 million yen.
According to police, Kato used a trick known as "ore ore sagi" in Japanese, in which conmen call elderly people pretending to be a relative with money troubles and ask for an urgent bank transfer.
In this instance, police said Kato called the elderly man on Tuesday and pretended to be his son. He claimed to have lost a bag containing money belonging to his employer. What the fraudsters did not know was that their intended victim's son was a police officer stationed at Ogikubo. The elderly man informed his son who instructed his father to go along with the request and arrange a pick-up.
Officers were waiting near the elderly man's house when the two men came to collect the money on Tuesday morning and both were arrested at the scene.© Compiled from news reports