Police in Machida, Tokyo, said Monday they have arrested a 21-year-old man for trying to con a 91-year-old man out of 15 million yen by posing as his son on the phone.
According to police, a man contacted the elderly man who lives in Higashi-Murayama on Oct 4, and pretended to be his son. TBS reported that the caller allegedly told the man that a bag containing a very important contract had been stolen and that he needed 15 million yen to cover the loss or else he would be in big trouble.
The elderly man went to a credit union and asked to withdraw the money but a bank employee was suspicious and notified police on his behalf. TBS said the police spent about one hour trying to talk the man out of withdrawing the money because it might be a scam, but the man insisted he must help his son.
However, he went home with police officers and about two hours later, a man identified as Kuniaki Masuda showed up and said he was a colleague of the man's son. Police arrested Masuda who has denied trying to scam the man. He was quoted by police as saying he had only come to pick up a bag, TBS reported.
Police said they suspect Masuda may have been involved in similar scams before.© Japan Today