The manager of a dating service company and nine others have been arrested on suspicion of defrauding a woman by demanding money to erase her e-mail address from where they claimed it had been leaked online.
The Metropolitan Police Department on Wednesday arrested Tetsuya Araki, 34, and nine others in Kita Ward, Tokyo. According to a senior MPD official, the suspects allegedly sent an e-mail in June to a local government employee in Edogawa Ward, Tokyo, claiming to belong to an organisation that helps victims of Internet crime.
They allegedly lied to the woman that her e-mail address had been leaked and spread online, and demanded money to remove it from the Internet. She reportedly transferred ¥140,000 (S$160.41) to a designated account.
The woman eventually paid a total of ¥2 million into the account over 14 occasions from February through July. Based on bank transfer records, the MPD believes that Araki and the other suspects committed a total of 390 cases of fraud involving ¥18 million.