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3 Japanese teens collar $4.9 million through swindling old folk

Published on Apr 10, 2014 6:06 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Three teenagers believed to be behind scams which raised US$4 million (S$4.9 million) are being quizzed by Japanese police, reports said on Thursday.

The trio, all 17, are thought to have been responsible for a rash of frauds across the country in which they have conned mostly elderly people into parting with large sums of money, reports citing police sources said.

The crimes, known as "It's me" fraud, involve telephoning victims and pretending to be a family member - for example, a son - who is in some kind of trouble, perhaps involving debt or lawyers.

Alternatively, the fraudster pretends to be calling on behalf of a family member.

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