Tokyo police seek help in finding fraud suspect

Suspect claimed to be victim's son on the telephone, telling her that he needed money

Police are seeking a man suspected in the swindling of an elderly woman out of ¥5 million
Police are seeking a man suspected in the swindling of an elderly woman out of ¥5 million

TOKYO (TR) – Following the swindling of an elderly woman out of five million yen, Tokyo Metropolitan Police police are seeking the help of the public in locating a man suspected in the crime, reports TBS News (Aug. 15).

On Monday, police released video clips showing the man, who is sought in connection with the swindling of five million yen in cash from a 71-year-old woman living in Katsushika Ward on July 14.

In scam known as ore ore sagi, or “it’s me fraud,” the suspect claimed to be the woman’s son on the telephone, telling her that he needed money for work since a bag of his was stolen. Upon meeting the woman on a road in Arakawa Ward, the suspect posed as the son’s work colleague.

In the clip, the man, with a heavy-set build and dark hair, is seen carrying a large bag and wearing a white shirt. He his believed to be in his 40s.

Persons with information on the case are advised to call the Kameari Police Station at 03-3607-0110.

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