Special Fraud Damage in Japan Down for 4th Straight Year

Society

Tokyo, Feb. 21 (Jiji Press)--The amount of money stolen in bank transfer scams and other special fraud in Japan in 2018 fell 9.6 pct from the previous year to 35.68 billion yen, down for the fourth straight year, police data showed Thursday.

The number of special fraud cases detected by police decreased 9.4 pct to 16,493 cases, the first decline in eight years, according to the data compiled by the National Police Agency.

"We're seeing certain achievements of police efforts to promote damage prevention measures via cooperation with financial institutions and step up crackdowns on fraud groups so as to eliminate them," an NPA official said.

At the same time, the official noted, "The amount of money stolen and the number of detected cases are both still at high levels, suggesting that the situation remains grim."

By fraud type, police recognized 9,134 cases of "ore-ore" (it's me) fraud, which involves perpetrators approaching targets, mainly elderly people, by pretending to be their relatives in urgent need of cash. The total increased 7.5 pct.

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