At least eight cases of attempted phone fraud involving the My Number system have been reported in Tokyo since Oct 2.
On Monday, authorities began sending 12-digit identification numbers to every resident in the country to prepare for their use from next year.
From around Oct 20 to the end of November, 55 million households, both Japanese and foreign, are expected to receive by mail temporary cards notifying residents of their individual numbers to simplify administrative procedures for taxation and social security.
According to police, on Oct 2, a woman in her 60s, who lives in Tokyo's Ota Ward, received a call from a man who told her that it costs 700,000 yen to receive a My Number card, Fuji TV reported. The caller hung up when the woman told him that she would consult her tax accountant.
On the same day, four other residents reported receiving calls from a man who identified himself as a city hall employee. He asked the residents for confirmation of their family details and date of birth of each member, claiming it was part of a survey for the My Number system.
Meanwhile, the Consumer Affairs Agency said it has received more than 20 inquiries nationwide since Monday from people who said they had gotten suspicious calls and emails from persons identifying themselves as government employees requesting personal information for the My Number system.
The agency is urging people to beware of swindlers. For the procedure of My Number ID notices, government agencies will never ask for bank account numbers or the state of your assets. The notices will all come by registered mail, so people should be beware of any My Number packages coming by ordinary mail or deliverers requesting payment for parcels.© Japan Today