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Tokyo cops: Motorcycle messenger service used in fraud

Shoya Shirakawa
Shoya Shirakawa

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested the head of a motorcycle messenger service suspected in multiple instances of fraud, reports TV Asahi (Dec. 5).

At the end of November, Shoya Shirakawa, the 24-year-old manager of Triple B, allegedly participated in the attempted swindle of a woman, 83, by dispatching a messenger to her residence in Tokyo to collect one million yen in cash.

In a scam known as ore ore sagi, or “it’s me fraud,” the suspect had impersonated the woman’s grandchild and falsely claimed by telephone that she “needed to pay an end-of-month securities settlement.”

Shirakawa has declined to comment on the allegations.

Shirakawa is believed to have used his service to pull similar scams on persons in eight other cases since 2013 in which the damage totaled around 50 million yen.