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05:33 pm: What is it with Japan and telephone fraud?
A couple years ago (and there are still notices warning about it near ATMs), Japan was hit with something called the "Me! Me!" telephone fraud. The perpetrator would call up the victim, usually someone retired. When the victim asked "Who is this?" the perpetrator would respond "It's me, it's me." The victim would theoretically guess the name of some family member such as a grandchild, whereupon the perpetrator would say, "Yes, that's right. I'm in trouble, and I need some money right away. Please deposit such-and-such an amount into this account..."

This morning, an announcement was passed out that there is now a new type of telephone fraud aimed at teachers. (The announcement said that five cases were reported just yesterday.) The perpetrator calls the home (or parents' home) of a teacher during hours that the teacher is likely to be at work. When a family member answers, the perpetrator says, "<name of teacher> has sexually abused my daughter. If you want to settle before I notify the police, deposit such-and-such amount of money into this account..."

<shakes head sadly>

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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:July 1st, 2005 02:34 am (UTC)
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The really sad thing about all these frauds is that they hinge on the same thing: the victim blindly going and putting money into an unknown bank account. It's really, really sad to me that there are still so many people that would fall for it.

I suppose it's pretty much the same as phishing in America, though. I don't think that's really big here. (Probably because online banking hasn't really caught on.)
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From:mangaroo
Date:July 1st, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC)
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But can't the police easily trace the bank account number to the account holder? (I'm helping Muroi! I'm helping Muroi!)

I'm not smart enough to be a crook because I wouldn't know how to establish a false identity to set up a bank account that wouldn't be traced back to me.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 1st, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
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But can't the police easily trace the bank account number to the account holder?

I honestly don't know. You would think they could, but maybe by that time the person is long gone?

That kind of reminds me of all the times "He/she cosigned for a 'friend' borrowing money, and the friend ran away, leaving him/her in serious debt" is used as a plot device to explain someone's angsty past/parents' suicide/whatever. It must be really easy to hide without being found in Japan.
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From:wrenwyn
Date:July 2nd, 2005 03:39 am (UTC)
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The perpetrator calls the home (or parents' home) of a teacher during hours that the teacher is likely to be at work. When a family member answers, the perpetrator says, " has sexually abused my daughter. If you want to settle before I notify the police, deposit such-and-such amount of money into this account..."

Wow. This is really scary! This means that the caller researched the teacher's personal information deeply enough to get his/her's parent's phone number? Gah! Sends chills down my spine!

If this were happening here, and they called my parents I can just hear what they would say. "My daughter would never do that to a child!! So go ahead and take her to court; we have a lawyer on retainer that will eat you alive!"

Of course, if it were my father on the phone, he would then abuse the caller with all the special four letter words until the bastard's ears bleed!

I hope these people get caught or at the very least, stop!

(=^.^=)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 2nd, 2005 03:54 am (UTC)
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Wow. This is really scary! This means that the caller researched the teacher's personal information deeply enough to get his/her's parent's phone number?

Yeah, that's the icky part. (Of course, the spiel is low-down-dirty level in and of itself, but bringing the family into it...) The announcement said to be careful of giving out personal information.
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