The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has carried out its first ever survey of victims of bank transfer fraud.
The scam, known in Japanese as "ore ore sagi," usually involves a fraudster contacting a vulnerable, elderly person and posing as a family member in need of money. The money is sent to a bank account and the fraudster disappears before the family discovers the deception.
Between October and December of last year, police carried out a survey of victims and discovered that in 323 cases, around 75% of fraudsters posed as the victim's son, TBS reported. In 14% of cases, the perpetrator claimed to be the victim's grandson.
In addition, police revealed that 70% of victims lived alone or with their spouses and had never discussed the bank transfer fraud phenomenon with their families. Out of the 340 reported cases of bank transfer scams in the capital so far this year, police say the average amount stolen was 3 million yen, TBS reported.
Police are urging families to be on guard and to choose a secret word to help prevent elderly relatives from becoming victims.© Japan Today