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Tokyo cops seek help of public in locating man suspected in swindle of elderly woman

in Higashi Kurume City
Tokyo police are seeking the help of the public in locating a man who swindled an elderly woman in Higashi Kurume City (Twitter)

TOKYO (TR) -Tokyo Metropolitan Police are seeking the help of the public in locating a man suspected of swindling an elderly woman out of 1 million yen in Higashi Kurume City earlier this month, reports Nippon News Network (Apr. 25).

On April 18, the woman was told on the telephone by a person claiming to be an employee of the Higashi Kurume City government office that she was eligible for a medical expense refund. During the conversation, the caller obtained information about her credit union account.

In a separate phone call at some point later, the woman was informed by a person posing an employee of the credit union that her card needed to be replaced.

Thereafter, the suspect arrived at her residence and collected one card. A total of 500,000 yen in cash was then pulled from her account at a convenience store ATM machine, according to police.

Images released by police show the suspect wearing a suit, white shirt and glasses while carrying a black bag. Believed to be in his 30s, he stands about 170 centimeters tall.

Persons with information on the case are advised to call the Tanashi Police Station at 042-467-0110.