"Era Change Scams" Seen Across Japan

Society Lifestyle

Tokyo, April 9 (Jiji Press)--Scams capitalizing on the change of era, from Heisei to Reiwa, which takes place upon the May 1 Imperial transition, have been seen across Japan.

The National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan warns of such "era change scams," in which scammers send letters in the name of real organizations telling recipients that their bank cash cards need to be renewed because of the change of era, as a way to obtain their cards.

In some cases, perpetrators actually withdrew money with obtained cards.

In early February, a 79-year-old woman in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan, received an envelope saying it was from the Japanese Bankers Association, or Zenginkyo, a bankers' organization that does exist in Tokyo.

Enclosed were several sheets of supposed paperwork that needed to be filled because of the change of era.

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