Japan residents can now earn ¥10,000 for scamming scammers

Written by: Jei Beltrano | Published on: May 6, 2021 at 12:42 PM PHT (GMT+8)

The Minami Precinct of the Aichi Prefectural Police which covers the Nagoya City’s Minami Ward has launched on Saturday, May 1, a new crime-fighting program called "Operation Pretend to be Fooled" following a recent spike in ore ore scams in the prefecture.


"Ore Ore Scam" is a fraud in which a scammer victims mostly residents at older ages, pretends to be their family, and asks for cash. The word "Ore" which means "I or me" is used to name the crime as suspects always excuse themselves from question by the victim such as "Who are you?" by saying "Ore da!" (It's me!).

With the new program against this fraud, victims can pretend to be fooled by the scammers, report the incident to the police, and help each other to make the scammers reveal themselves without any suspicions. For each of the scammers who will be identified, the target victim will be paid 10,000 yen (PHP4,400 / $97).

The crime-fighting bounties are funded by the Nagoya Minami Ward Crime Prevention Association and presently, the program covers only the eligible residents of the Minami Ward. In the following weeks ahead, the committee will promote the program through local signages and posters to spread the awareness of the scam and encourage people to be more vigilant with people who asks anything from them most especially in cases where money is involved.

Source: Asahi Shinbun Digital via Otakumu

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