Kanagawa police search for 3 men suspected in frauds

A man believed to be in his 20s or 30s is wanted in the swindling of an elderly woman in Kawasaki City
A man believed to be in his 20s or 30s is wanted in the swindling of an elderly woman in Kawasaki City (Nippon News Network)

KANAGAWA (TR) – As a part of a crackdown on swindles carried out by perpetrators who fraudulently obtain bank cards and cash from victims, Kanagawa Prefectural Police are seeking the help of the public in locating persons responsible for three recent cases, reports Nippon News Network (Apr. 3).

Police issued images showing three persons. One image shows a man, believed to be in his 20s or 30s and shown wearing glasses, suspected in the swindling of an elderly woman in Kawasaki City in February. The victim had been told over the phone that her credit card had experienced “suspicious activity.”

The suspect, who claimed to be from the Japanese Bankers Association, then arrived at her residence and obtained her cash card in order “to make a new one.”

Another image shows a man who stands around 170 centimeters tall, believed to be in his 40s, who posed as a member of the same association in fraudulently obtaining a cash card from a woman in Yokohama in a similar ruse in March.

In the third case, a man likely in his 30s or 40s, standing around 165 centimeters tall, defrauded a woman, aged in her 70s, from Kawasaki out of 1.2 million yen in cash in a fraud carried out over the telephone, according to NHK (Apr. 4).

Kanagawa police are intensifying a crackdown on such frauds for the month of April. Persons with information on the aforementioned cases are advised to call prefectural police at 045-211-1212.

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