A woman in her 70s was conned out of nearly 4.5 million yen by a bank transfer scammer, or a team of scammers, posing as her grandson and a credit card company representative, police said Thursday.
A man allegedly telephoned the woman, a resident of Nagoya, on Monday at around 8 p.m. posing as her grandson to tell her that he had changed his cell phone number, TBS quoted police as saying.
A second call came on Tuesday at around 9:30 a.m. from a man posing as a credit card company representative. According to police, the man told the woman that her grandson owed 2 million yen and that payment was due before the end of the day. He then asked her to contact her grandson immediately to verify it.
Police say the woman then called the false number she had been given the day before. The man posing as her grandson verified the claim and requested that she make a series of money transfers via a local shopping center ATM machine. The woman proceeded to make five transfers over the next two days, totaling 4.499 million yen, TBS reported.
According to a police spokesperson, after the last transfer was complete, she contacted her son, at which point the family realized she had been tricked.© Japan Today