10 arrested over offer to delete woman's 'leaked' e-mail address

 10 arrested over offer to delete woman's 'leaked' e-mail address

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.

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