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Hyogo man arrested for stalking woman through her bank account

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By SoraNews24

The crime of stalking continues to be a horribly widespread and terrifying ordeal for many people, and modern technology only seems to be making it worse. In recent years even a reflection in an eyeball can be used to further the invasion of people’s privacy and security.

And now an even more bizarre tool of stalking has surfaced in Hyogo Prefecture on Nov 4, when a 55-year-old man was arrested after contacting his victim incessantly through her bank account.

According to the Hyogo Prefectural Police, the man first encountered his 39-year-old victim at a restaurant where she worked. Somehow he managed to discover her online bank account and repeatedly sent transfers of mostly one-yen amounts between Oct 11 and 29.

Each time a transfer was made the suspect left a message in the limited space and limited characters of the description field such as “HANASHISHIYOU” (ハナシシヨウ) basically equivalent to “LETSCHAT” in English.

There were a few dozen transfers in total and other description comments included “KANEKAESE” (カネカエセ) or “PAYMEBACK.”

After a couple weeks he began to engage in other behavior as well such as suddenly appearing at the victim’s home, so she reported the situation to the police. An arrest was quickly made and during the investigation the man admitted to stalking and that he did it because he “liked her.”

“How could he get at her bank account info but not her email or social media?”

“She probably already blocked him on other forms of communication. Can you block a bank account?”

“That’s gross.”

“I can’t tell if this is smart or stupid.”

“To his credit, I never would have thought of something like that.”

“And he was also asking for his handful of yen back? What didn’t she see in him?”

“At least he left plenty of evidence.”

With the evidence of his violation of the anti-stalking act certified by a financial institution, there’s little doubt to its validity. This is also believed to have been the first reported case of stalking through a person’s bank account in the country.

It goes to show that while advancements in technology can be used to aid stalkers in their twisted pursuit of love, it fortunately can be quite effective at catching them in the act too.

Source: Kobe Shimbun NEXTItai News

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Story makes no sense. The woman had to have known him. How else would he have gotten her bank details? Unless he truly stalked her, followed her home, broke in and found her bank book?

11 ( +12 / -1 )

Well, this is a first. Crazy.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Please run a follow up story, how did he get her bank details?

6 ( +6 / -0 )

How did he get her bank details?? I have trouble getting anything bank related done in this country and it's MY bank account! This story seems fishy... People don't just float their bank details wily-nily on the internet and whatnot for people to see.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Great. The most important and of highest interest is how the perp got her bank details and password but this "writer" starts quoting Tweets again like he/she/it does in all their articles. Lame.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

From the preliminary details this is clearly cyber-theft AND attempts at extortion along with what escalated to in-person stalking. No occupation reported so no idea how he got access to her account info. Full investigation by the financial institution and her vendors is necessary. Police need to charge this perp with the highest felony charges FIRST to get him the maximum time in prison and to make a statement to the public about such fraud and abuses.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Speaking of “…advancements in technology can be used… in their twisted pursuit of love, …catching them in the act...” - Do NOT click on the attached “Source” links at work or in ‘mixed’ company (children). WARNING: “Panchira” *Source: Kobe Shimbun NEXT, *Itai News

0 ( +0 / -0 )

How can transferring money and saying ‘I like her’ be a crime? lol However, the problems come now after the catch, the usual short penalty and him now really knowing that she doesn’t like him at all in return. Seems to be a fast catch and Happy End , but will or potentially can surely turn out a much bigger nightmare in a few months or years.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

"Won't you go on a date with me, 415-5780426?"

Some serious creeps running around out there!

1 ( +3 / -2 )

This is a non-story. She could have just made another bank account and stopped using the one with the annoying 1-yen transfers. Let him waste his time talking into the void.

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

Coming to think of it, he might have gotten a better response if he had transferred a million yen instead of just 1?

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

She probably gave his her bank details hoping he will make large deposits like 100,000 yen or so, not 1 yen, LOL

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

I'm not sure why JT continues with Sora all these years. I guess they need some flavor of some kind and there just isn't anything else. It's startling how little there is in terms of media with something to say/tell. Think of how much is out there to delve into.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Desperado.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Perhaps he found her reciept or printed bank statement or something or used her transaction details from the restaurant he worked at to refund her purchase to access her bank account info.

Perhaps there's more to this story than we're being being told.

Creepy !

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Restaurant where she worked - exuse me !

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

A dangerous creep. Stalking is never taken seriously until the victim is physically hurt, but the psychological damage is crippling.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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