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'Mother, help me' fraud: NPA, public select new name for bank transfer scam

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The National Police Agency has announced the results of a survey in which it asked members of the public to choose a new name for a crime commonly referred to as "Bank Transfer Fraud."

The crime, rife in Japan, is colloquially known as "ore ore sagi," meaning, "It's me, it's me, fraud." The name refers to the way fraudsters would typically call elderly relatives with children and pose as their son, by saying, "It's me," and wait for the victim to supply the name. The fraudster would then ask for urgent help and have money transferred to a bank account.

However, due to the ease with which police can trace bank accounts, recent examples of the scam have eschewed bank transfers in favor of cash handovers. According to police, up to 80% of such fraud cases now involve relatives being conned into handing large parcels of cash to purported intermediaries.

In response to the shift, police surveyed the public to select a new, more accurate name for the crime. The NPA said it received more than 14,000 responses.

According to police, although both "Fraud Using Parental Love" and "Fake Phone Call Fraud" were selected among the top answers, the most popular choice was "Mother, Help Me Fraud," TBS reported Monday.

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"learn some common sense" "dont be so gullible" fraud

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Ridiculous waste of time. Most people know this as "ore ore sagi" and they want to change it why?

7 ( +10 / -3 )

Unbelievable! The police here are pathetic, useless, an embarrassment to the government. The police should spend their time trying to catch the perpetrators rather than surveying for a new name for the crime.

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Some oldies simply do not have the ears to hear. The police regularly visit old people's homes, community centres, etc., and give talks explaining how the fraud works and warning the old folk not to be conned, and at the end of the visit there's always one or two old-age perishers who pipe up that they would still stump up the money, just in case it really was Junior in trouble.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

That the fraudsters changed from bank transfers to cash shows some improvement. Previously, the bank transfers were not chased down like they should.

It still happens to older people, so there is good reason to educate that growing populace.

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Such a terrible name. Embarrassing.

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Most people know this as "ore ore sagi" and they want to change it why?

Ore ore "ore ore sagi" da.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

They probably set up a task force to assess the public's views on the name of the crime, so taking manpower away from actually solving the crime.

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instead of renaming the crime, why not toughen the penalties for the perpetrators of the crime and put in systems so that banks give a warnings to the elderly who try to wire transfer large amounts of cash into another account.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

More evidence that Japanese government officials should never be allowed to name anything...

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This is ridiculous....how about getting off their bums and instead of doing " surveys" to come up with a best name for the crime actually focusing energy and effort on catching the bad guys.

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That is ridiculous. "ore ore" is just fine. Every second these clowns spend sitting on their butts thinking of a new name for a crime instead trying to do something against it is waste taxpayers money.

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LAME.

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@mirai

so that banks give warnings to the elderly who try to wire transfer large amounts of cash into another account

The point is that this has been done. So the criminals have changed their modus operandi.

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I'm surprised they haven't yet held a competition to choose a cute mascot character...

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So, by changing the name, will the number of crimes be lesser?

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On a larger scale forcing money out of bank accounts into consumption is just the same as the Abe government wants to do. In that respect, the fraudsters and the government have the same aim to steal from the oldies.

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So, by changing the name, will the number of crimes be lesser?

Yes.

Most people know this as "ore ore sagi" and they want to change it why?

Because the people making the phone calls are probably not using the "ore ore" ("its me, its me...") line as much as the "Mum, you have got to help me..." line so since the perps do not use the former, the mother do not make the connection with the crime. By changing the name to the most common line used in the fraud they hope to reduce the number of crimes.

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In Japanese kaasan tasukete sagi

The official name of the crime is furikome sagi

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“Fraud Using Parental Love”

Is there not a comedy section on JT?

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