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Bogus cop steals ¥7 mil from bank account of 75-year-old woman

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Police in Muko City, Kyoto Prefecture, are searching for a man who claimed to be a police officer and convinced a 75-year-old woman to hand him her bank cash cards. He then managed to withdraw seven million yen from her bank account before she found out he was not a policeman.

According to police, the incident occurred on Sept 12, Fuji TV reported. The man called the woman, who lives alone, and said he was a police officer. He told her that "one million yen had been withdrawn from her bank account." 

Shortly after the call, the man visited the woman and asked to see her ATM card. She gave him an envelope containing three cash cards. When she wasn’t looking, he swapped the envelope with another one containing one fake ATM card.

The woman contacted police after her family pointed out that she had been a victim of fraud. Seven million yen had been withdrawn from her account by the time she contacted the police.

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And the cops SHOULD have a video of the guy as every ATM here has a security camera set in place for reasons like this.

Just another example of folks here living in their bubble of security, thinking that crap like this wont happen to them, until it does.

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Oh and another thing, he couldn't have withdrawn that amount at one time, as ATM's here have a daily limit on how much one can withdraw from any specific account. To take out that much at one time, he would have had to go to a bank and fill out the withdraw forms, which I highly doubt he did.

The woman contacted police after her family pointed out that she had been a victim of fraud. Seven million yen had been withdrawn from her account by the time she contacted the police.

So how many days went by before she contacted the police?

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a man who claimed to be a police officer and convinced a 75-year-old woman to hand him her bank cash cards. He then managed to withdraw seven million yen

Ok that's a fake one, while real one:

https://japantoday.com/category/crime/kyoto-police-officer-arrested-for-swindling-y11.8-million-from-elderly-man

So anyone can tell the difference?

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I’ve had police approach me in the street & ask me to show them my ID.

I said ‘show me your police ID first’.

they didn’t like my response,

but judging by these events, how do you know who you can trust.

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I’ve had police approach me in the street & ask me to show them my ID.I said ‘show me your police ID first’.

they didn’t like my response

I did the same, and he also did not like my response, or when I tried to take a picture of it. He left me alone after that, which surprised the hell out of me.

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Scum!

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She's most likely grown up in this cotton wrapped society without a thought for people like this. It'll be a good lesson for her anyway

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I did the same, and he also did not like my response, or when I tried to take a picture of it. He left me alone after that, which surprised the hell out of me.

Same, only when I tried to take a picture of it he wouldn't allow it. But also, he left me alone after that. I guess they really don't like it..

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Same, only when I tried to take a picture of it he wouldn't allow it. But also, he left me alone after that. I guess they really don't like it..

If you fill formal complaint or even go to court, justice system only care if you have evidence or not, in any kind of form. That's why these day lot of people have their own dash cam in their car or even cctv in their home.

For your case, that request was voluntarily. Somehow they prefer not being recorded doing their business most of the times.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/06/01/national/crime-legal/recording-interrogations-serious-cases-becomes-mandatory-japan/

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Remember this. Fake police are real and plain clothes, plain car police are just a majorly freaking bad idea. No decent cop should have any issue with showing their ID and have you photo it. And any that gets annoyed should be reminded of things like this. So remember this.

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Hurt and shame will be felt by the victim that she was conned by a nasty criminal playing on the old.

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There was a time when I could withdraw a million yen, but these days I have set a daily limit of 200,000.  If I ever need more, to the counter I must go.

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She's most likely grown up in this cotton wrapped society without a thought for people like this. It'll be a good lesson for her anyway

I think that statement is totally uncalled for. She is 75 years old, a senior citizen. Many seniors are targeted by scam artists in countries around the world. As for "good lesson", have a heart for others.

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Nippori Nick: I am 75. I manage my farm, drive everyday, and maintain a small payroll. Age is not the factor: Experience is the real world is. I lived in Japan many years. There were constant warnings about 'ore ore' scams, yet years later, they are still successful. Acceptance of "Reality" is not popular in a tatemae culture.

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Error: Experience in...

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There are many more scams in America and the EU countries netting the criminals many tens and hundreds of thousands and many of the victims are educated professional people who you would think would have know better? There are many serious cases in the media every wall.

Wall St fraud runs into more than $400 billion every year.

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Nippori Nick: I am 75. I manage my farm, drive everyday, and maintain a small payroll. Age is not the factor: Experience is the real world is. I lived in Japan many years. 

But age is a factor. Great that you are doing so well, and in good health, but not everyone is at age 75.

Scientific fact that more people at age 75 have mental deterioration than the same group at age 40/

My real point was someone was mean enough to call it "a good lesson for her".

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I’ve had police approach me too, in the street & ask me to show them my ID.

I said ‘show me your police ID first’. One of them did show it, and I said "there is lot of fake corps lately how can I tell your ID is genuine "...I took them to a koban and asked the guy there to check that the guys with me are real corps...they didn't like it ..went leaving after I showed my ID they told me to me" please be nice to police .." so I promised ...

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I never have more than a 100,000 yen in my bank account so it is unlikely that I will ever be a victim of this.

And if the authorities do not set more severe punishments for this type of crime then the elderly here will continue to have their wealth appropriated.

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Why are their so many pieces of Crap in this world ??? To pray on the elderly is disgusting, you really reached the bottom of the barrel in your life when you pray on the elderly. The elderly should be enjoying their Golden years in peace. Shame on you dude.

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@naitch

I’ve had police approach me too, in the street & ask me to show them my ID.

I said ‘show me your police ID first’. One of them did show it, and I said "there is lot of fake corps lately how can I tell your ID is genuine "...I took them to a koban and asked the guy there to check that the guys with me are real corps...they didn't like it ..went leaving after I showed my ID

So far from story you wrote, you were nice to them. What you did you just want to verify whether they are real or bogus one.

they told me to me" please be nice to police .." so I promised ...

At the end you can tell them back to be nice to foreigners too.

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