Amparo Bertram (spacealien_vamp) wrote,
Amparo Bertram

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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