70-year-old woman robbed of Y43 million in telephone scam
Police say that a 70-year-old Ibaraki woman was robbed of 43 million yen by a man claiming that her son was in trouble.
The woman, the manager of a hairdresser establishment in Tsuchiura, told police that she received a phone call in May from a man posing as a representative of the Ministry of Finance, TBS reported. According to police, the man asked her to repay funds that he claimed her son had lost on a bad investment.
The fraudster also allegedly claimed that bank transfer was not an option and that she would have to send the money in cash. Investigators say the woman divided the payment into 15 packages and sent them to two addresses in Tokyo, according to TBS.