A 65-year-old woman was the victim of repeated bank transfer scams this year, in which she paid out over 29 million yen to an unknown man posing as her son, police said Saturday.
In a form of identity fraud known commonly throughout Japan as "ore ore sagi," the would-be thief typically telephones an elderly person, claiming to be a son or relative in financial trouble. He then requests money be transferred to a bank account to settle a debt he has incurred.
In this instance, according to a TV Asahi news report, the perpetrator called an elderly woman in Tokyo's Suginami Ward on June 17 and posed as her son. He claimed to have run up debts from bad stock investments and asked her to transfer 600,000 yen to his creditor. After she obliged, he repeated the process over 30 times until the total transferred reached around 29 million yen.
According to police, the woman received a telephone call from her actual son this week, at which point the scam was uncovered. Police say the thief used a different bank account for each transfer.© Japan Today