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.© Japan Today