Osaka Police Staff Urged to Install Phone Recorders

Osaka, June 3 (Jiji Press)--The Osaka prefectural police department is urging all of its officers and staff members, totaling some 23,000, to install special recording devices on their fixed-line telephones in an effort to prevent remittance and other special fraud.

The devices, which the police department developed jointly with a manufacturer, make the caller hear, before the ringtone starts, a warning message of about 10 seconds saying that the conversation will be recorded automatically.

The message is intended to intimidate scammers and eventually have a deterrent effect on special fraud cases, in which perpetrators typically use phones to trick victims into sending money via automated teller machines or by other means.

This is the first time in Japan that police officers and staff members are urged to install such phone recorders.

The devices each can record 1,000 messages of a total of 15 hours. They display the proportions of calls being hanged up during the message as the percentages of possible scam attempts being warded off successfully.

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