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Recent Prepaid Card Scam via ‘LINE’ Identity Theft and Funny Responses

A recent spate of identity thefts of LINE users has been reported in Japan. Even celebrities have not been spared, as Riisa Naka found out the hard way. Subsequently, friends of some of these users with hijacked LINE accounts started receiving weird requests to purchase iTunes or Web Money prepaid cards for them.

Why this weird request? Eventually, the ‘friend’ will coax you into taking a picture of the code so as to redeem the value. A colleague of mine, who was aware of the scam, played along and was told to purchase 4 x 20,000 yen worth of iTunes cards. That is a value of close to USD 800! Its an old trick that has taken a twist in the social media sphere.

The ‘friend’ asking a normal question (are you asleep?) before making the inevitable request to buy some prepaid cards on their behalf. Source: getnews.jp
If you are unsure what prepaid cards are (or use it as an excuse), the ‘friend’ would even send you pictures to explain what they are. Source: twinavi.jp

Clearly, not everyone will fall for such a ruse easily and the most interesting part of this whole issue are LINE users who try to trick the scammers back by…

Immediately calling a bluff…

To the effect of… “haha you failed!” Source: naver.jp

Acting dumb…

Taking photos of a restaurant discount coupon instead… Source: http://getnews.jp/

Using sarcasm…

“How much do you need?”. “4 x 10,000 yen worth”. “That’s SOOO cheap. Is that all?” Source: iphone-doctor.net

Making the scammers do stupid stuff like confessing their love…

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Scam-turned-romantic-confession? Source: matome.naver.jp

‘Mistakenly’ sending them obscene self images…

A nude picture resulted in an ‘Instant quit’ from the chat by the scammer. Source: matome.naver.jp

Changing the subject…

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“Remember you said you were gonna introduce some girls to me? What happened to that?”

Due to the somewhat weird language and ‘textbook’ replies found in most of these scam messages, it is believed that the scammers themselves are not Japanese.

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