The Metropolitan Police Department on Thursday said two cases of bank transfer fraud were reported in Tokyo on Wednesday which was the first day of “bank transfer fraud elimination month," in which police officers were posted at about 1,000 ATMs in the Tokyo area, according to media reports.
The two cases occurred while police officers were standing nearby, but they were not aware of who the elderly victims were talking to on their cell phones, NHK reported. The two victims, bother elderly citizens, transferred 3.5 million yen to a bank account after receiving calls from persons purporting to be their relatives, asking for emergency funds, police said.
In two other unrelated cases, a group of men visited the homes of two women, aged 86 and 74, in Tokyo and stole 2 million yen by pretending to be delivery workers bringing items from their relatives.
An MPD official said, “These cases are clearly a challenge against our campaign. Although it makes the police look bad, we disclosed them as warning to potential victims." He also cautioned elderly people to make sure the person who calls them is really a relative, by calling them back.© Japan Today