Many Mobile Phones of Vietnamese Abused for Fraud in Tokyo

Society

Tokyo, Oct. 24 (Jiji Press)--Some 30 pct of mobile phones used in special fraud cases reported in Tokyo in January-August were contracted under the names of Vietnamese people, an investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department has found.

The number of such mobile phones involved in special fraud cases, including the so-called "It's me" fraud and other bank transfer scams, has surged this year.

Investigative sources said the culprits may be using authentic residence cards of Vietnamese residents in Japan, in response to stepped-up police countermeasures against forged identification documents.

The Tokyo police have asked Japanese-language schools and others to coach people on the appropriate management of their identification.

A Vietnamese man in his early 30s who came to Japan last year contacted a Facebook user after seeing a message in Vietnamese posted by the user, which offered to mediate the conclusion of mobile phone contracts for people who cannot speak Japanese.

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