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Man re-arrested for scamming elderly woman out of Y2 mil

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A member of a con group, accused of swindling dozens of people in bank transfer scams, has been re-arrested for taking money from an elderly woman under false pretenses.

According to police, Tasuku Matsunoshita, 22, conned a 75-year-old woman residing in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward out of two million yen in February 2017, Fuji TV reported. Pretending to be the victim’s son, Matsunoshita called her at home and claimed he “needed money for work.” 

Matsunoshita is a member of a syndicate connected to multiple frauds where he has acted as the “impersonator” to collect cash from unsuspecting victims. He would call an elderly person, pretending to be his or her son, and tell them that he had gotten into trouble at work by losing a bag full of cash or a briefcase with important documents and that he needed money urgently. He then would tell his “parent” that he would send a work colleague over to collect the money. 

Since August 2017, Matsunoshita has been arrested and charged five times for similar offenses.

Police said Matsunoshita admitted to the charge and are questioning him about other members of the gang.

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Funny that they're afraid to mention the name of the "syndicate". Yamaguchigumi perhaps?

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How wonderful would it be if he called someone who didn't have children! I hope he is made to repay everything plus 40% more to his victims!

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tell them that he had gotten into trouble at work by losing a bag full of cash or a briefcase with important documents and that he needed money urgently. He then would tell his “parent” that he would send a work colleague over to collect the money. 

Maybe it's just me but if my child is an adult and makes a mistake like that, then it is up to them to atone for it.  I don't get any money from them for their work at the company, and I did my duties in raising them to the point where they are able to join the work force so any mistakes made wouldn't be a reflection of anything I did.  And if they make a mistake at work, who cares what others think, and me supposedly giving money to cover it up doesn't really matter anyway since people are going to talk good or bad.  I guess social pressure is still really a big thing in Japan.

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If a 75 year old mother doesn't know the sound of her own sons voice....

this syndicates methods were filthy, but the old woman needs to take some responsibility too

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Since August 2017, Matsunoshita has been arrested and charged five times for similar offenses.

Not once, but twice... BUT FIVE TIMES! OK, there is something really wrong here. It seems like somebody really wants these thugs to loot this defenseless population.

If the government really cared about these people, they would take greater measures to make it more difficult for these thugs to operate, but instead, these goons get a free out of jail pass?

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How wonderful would it be if he called someone who didn't have children!

I'd bet he probably already has.

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If a 75 year old mother doesn't know the sound of her own sons voice....

this syndicates methods were filthy, but the old woman needs to take some responsibility too

I have been saying this same exact thing for YEARS. This scam is decades old and people should know better by now. And by the way, who willingly gives that kind of money to a complete stranger? If it were my child asking for that kind of money, I would tell him to come and get it IN PERSON!

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How wonderful would it be if he called someone who didn't have children!

I think I heard of this actually happening to some elderly man. He had no children and yet was willing to give money to some stranger. His reasoning was that he was lonely and wanted someone to come by so he'd have someone to talk to...really sad!

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If a 75 year old mother doesn't know the sound of her own sons voice....

Over the phone, actually it can be quite difficult once your hearing starts going. My MiL, now over 90, asked us many years ago now to tell her who was calling when we phoned, because she was having difficulty recognising voices.

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There could be a few but simple ways to resolve this problem. Get the elderly relative to make a list kept next to the phone of all birth dates of her relatives and train them to ask for them when some is scamming them. Another would be to give a single password to every relative, something easy to remember.

Family members need to educate and train their older relatives about these scams and stop leaving it up to chance.

These rip off stories have gone on for far too long.

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I was repeatedly robbed and the police did nothing, just questioned me like I was the criminal. We know who robbed us, but they said they can’t search the persons house because they need a warrant. Not surprising he got away again and again.

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Name the Yakuza gang! media have no balls in this country.

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