fraud

Saitama man repeatedly steals food from store by making his phone say “PayPay♫”

Crime doesn’t PayPay.

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People in Japan can now earn 10,000-yen bounties for scamming scammers

Turning the tables on the ore ore scam in Nagoya can leave you richer than you were before the attempted fraud.

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Kansai man arrested for defrauding his 35 girlfriends

He would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for his 35 girlfriends.

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Japanese woman reported to police for “not looking right in a suit,” turns out she’s a crook

How do scam artists keep getting caught in Japan by “not looking good in a suit?”

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Former idol singer arrested on fraud charges, police say she found victims through dating apps

Former SKE48 member claimed to be an investing expert with a can’t-fail get-rich-quick scheme.

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Foreigner convenience store clerk in Japan saves elderly woman from scammers with quick thinking

Refuses to give up when senior doesn’t realize she’s being taken advantage of.

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Oita woman loses lawsuit and pays damages without ever knowing she’d been sued

A frightening case of using the legal system to commit robbery.

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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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