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Fake ‘I’m your kid, please help’ schemes uncovered

Date Posted: 2008-07-17

Two new cases of telephone fraud have surfaced in Naha City and Urasoe City, with elderly citizens receiving calls allegedly from their children asking for help.

A 68-year-old Urasoe City woman is the latest victim, receiving a call from a voice claiming “Hi mom, It’s me, your son. I have trouble now, big trouble.”

The caller goes on to explain he’d taken money from his boss, but the company is facing an audit and the boss will be in trouble if he’s found out. The man claiming to be the son says he’ll be fired, and wants mom to bail him out.

“Give me money, mom” send the elderly woman into a panic, worrying about her son being in trouble and asking “How much do you need?” The son tells her to transfer money, an act repeated many times during the 4th through 10th of July. The woman went to the bank and then handed over ¥13.4 million.

The damage was less in the Naha City incident, but the caller’s claim was the same. In this case, the woman went to the post office and transferred ¥2 million to the swindler.

Police say there have been 14 cases of this particular fraud scheme this year, and add there have also been another 75 cases of other fraudulent activity. Police are warning citizens not to react hastily when receiving calls, but to instead independently call the son—or anyone asking for money—before making any money transfers.

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