Police in Kashiba, Nara Prefecture, have arrested a 33-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of theft and impersonating a police officer after he scammed an elderly woman into handing over her cash card which he used to withdraw about 3.85 million yen in cash from ATM machines in 2020.
Police said Toshiki Yamashita, of no fixed address, conspired with an unidentified individual on June 30, 2020, in the scam, Kyodo News reported. Yamashita impersonated a police officer over the phone and told the unsuspecting woman that her cash card was being used illegally. He then scheduled a visit to her home.
Yamashita took 10 cash cards belonging to the woman and withdrew 3,859,000 yen from ATM machines in Nara and Tokyo from June 30 to July 7, 2020.
The woman grew suspicious after noticing her account balance decreasing. After consulting with her family, she filed a criminal complaint with police.
Yamashita emerged as a suspect after police reviewed surveillance footage of people visiting the woman’s house. Yamashita, who was arrested on Tuesday, was quoted by police as saying, “ I can’t recall what I did back then.”© Japan Today