Fraud in Japan
The thing is that this happens all the time in Japan.
This time of crime is called Ore Ore Sagi [オレオレ詐欺] or "Its me" scams. "Ore" (pronounced "Oray") means "Me" or "Its me" and "Sagi" means scam. It works like this....
Evil boy: Hey its me, its me!
Victim: Taro? Whats up with your voice?
Evil Boy: Yes, Taro here. Ah, just down with a bad cold. I'm strapped for cash at the moment, could you send me X amount? I have a new account set up. The account number is...
The evil boy doesnt even need to know a name - he calls up a random number from the phone book and tries his luck to see if the household member has a son/grandson.
I've seen documentaries where a group of youngsters are hired to do the dirty work - each would get commission depending on the amount of people they con. The organizers of the crime go through the hassle of setting up bank accounts with fake names. Having said that, setting up a bank account in Japan with a fake name is pretty easy to do...
According to a survey, three in ten people said they had been a victim or knew somebody who got done by this form of scam.
BTW, I tried to find a pic of an old woman crying after being conned but could only find this image of a Pink Chu Chu girl in the eroge Miraroma who kinda looks like shes been conned or two timed ^^;??