fraud

Family cheated out of 54 million yen by man impersonating Japanese rock star for three years

Suspect also convinced his own mother he was the Dir En Grey frontman for 10 years.

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567 cartons of cigarettes bought with 120 smartphones at once leads to arrest in Chiba

He could have stopped at 500, but he just got greedy.

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We get a surprise offer from “Yusaku Maezawaa,” with an extra “a” for “a whole lot of money”

But don’t worry it’s “not in a real scam.”

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Okinawan man arrested for buying cigarettes with currency of the dead

Poor exchange rate with the metaphysical plane was not enough to cover his pack of smokes.

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Osaka man reserved and cancelled 1,873 seats at two baseball games to get more space for self

He was also arrested for it, lest anyone get any ideas.

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Ibaraki Police warn against fake warnings by the police

Hmmm…

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Tokyo clerk arrested for memorizing over 1,300 customers’ credit card info, using it online

Just being brilliant in one way doesn’t necessarily mean you’re smart.

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Japanese police question man for “not looking good in a suit,” turns out he robbed an old lady

They say justice is blind, but apparently it still has a strong sense of fashion.

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Four foreign men arrested near Tokyo under charges of “international romance fraud”

The men allegedly misrepresented themselves as U.S. military members to cheat victims out of money.

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Wheelchair fraudsters fake disabilities at Tokyo Disneyland, get called “jerks” online

Pair of visitors get called “jerks” online, but we’d have picked a harsher label.

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Japanese man pretends to visit Muji stores 5.62 million times in six weeks, gets arrested again

Police say fraudster virtually visited Muji branches on three continents without ever leaving his Hokkaido home.

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Japanese government worker fired for lying about having LESS education than he really does

College graduate said he only graduated from high school, loses job he held for 38 years.

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Hokkaido man arrested for pretending to visit Aeon shopping centers 2.7 million times

And so ends the Great Aeon Loyalty Point Heist of ’18.

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Real fashion police: Con man arrested in Tokyo, police tipped off by ill-fitting suit

Crime doesn’t pay, but looking good apparently does.

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Ludicrously unbelievable diet product claims to convert beer and chicken into water

New breakthrough boldly defies both science and common sense.

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Video shows what may be Japan’s most artless scam artist launch herself into a stopped car【Video】

Collision is low-speed even by human running standards.

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Japanese arcade owner arrested for allegedly rigging crane games to be unwinnable

Japan’s first-ever crane game fraud investigation claims arcades used secret setting so prizes could only be won in employee demonstrations.

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Woman pours Pepsi into two ATMs to withdraw money, doesn’t get it

Not satisfied with simply robbing a victim of her money, some fraudsters decide to add insult to injury.

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Fake monks targeting foreign visitors to Japan?

Mock monks after your money? On layman‘s terms.

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Japan’s “crying politician” found guilty of fraud

The case of what was arguably Japan’s weirdest political scandal finally comes to a close.

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