Identity fraud cases on the increase in Tokyo, police warn
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department reported Tuesday that losses from cases of identity fraud in the first half of this year increased by 2.5 billion yen over the previous year’s figure.
According to police figures, 764 cases of identity fraud were reported in the capital in the first half of this year. The figure is a slight decrease on last year’s figure, but the amount stolen is higher, having already surpassed 20 billion yen, Sankei Shimbun reported.
Police say that in most of the cases, the money was handed over in person and that the amount of money lost in each case has been slightly higher, on average, than last year. Police say the report rate of cases in which at least 10 million yen is stolen is more than double that of last year.