TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have busted a ring whose members posed as relatives of victims while defrauding them out of large sums of money, reports NHK (Oct. 6).
On Wednesday, police raided the headquarters of the group, located inside an apartment in Bunkyo Ward, and arrested six persons, including 24-year-old Keita Takahashi.
Officers also seized 50 mobile telephones and a manual for carrying out a scam known as ore ore sagi, or “it’s me fraud.”
Earlier this month, a suspect claiming to be the son of a 67-year-old woman in Nakano Ward on the telephone told her that he needed two million yen since he had “embezzled funds from my company.”
All of the suspects, who have been charged with attempted fraud, deny the charges.
The suspects are believed to have defrauded approximately 180 victims out of 670 million yen since July.