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Japan considering restricting senior citizens’ access to ATMs

National Police Agency believe it’s for their own good.

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Ibaraki Police warn against fake warnings by the police


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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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Man arrested for fraud in potentially the stupidest way possible

For years now, Japan has been beset by cases of ore ore sagi (“hey-it’s-me” scam). This is where the scammer contacts a (usually elderly) person claiming to be or know their child or relative. They then explain that they need money for an emergency and provide an account for the victim to transfer their money to, which sadly they often do.

These perpetrators can be difficult to catch, but sometimes a person’s force of habit can help make the police’s job that much easier. Take the case of one suspect named Akio Kanazawa, for example.

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