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Seniors Threatened in Fake Phone Bill Scam

Date Posted: 2001-01-12

Several mostly senior citizens around the prefecture have reported receiving a letter claiming that they owe money to a telephone service company. The letter, signed in the name of Taihei Kikaku Co. of Tokyo, gave the recipients a bank account number to pay into and threatened to send collectors in person if the payment were not made immediately.

About ten people have so far brought the letter to the Consumer Counselling Center and explained that they had never used any such service and in most cases didnít even know that such services existed. Nevertheless several people have paid the bills demanded.

It turned out that all the letters had the same amount on them. Checking with Taihei Kikaku Co., revealed that the company was not in the telephone business, but a promotion agency, and the companyís bank account did not match that on the letter either.

The Consumer Counselling Center has issued a warning urging people who receive such letter not to pay and call the center at 863-9214. The center is planning to forward the case to the police for further investigation.

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