A Japanese Scam Victim Embezzled Millions From Her Employer!
Why did this romance scam victim embezzle?! Simply, she was under the control of criminals; it’s nothing more complicated than that!
Nisshin’s a 66-year-old woman and scam victim was suspected of embezzling 10 million yen (USD$71,613 dollars) from her employer!
According to the scam victim’s story as it appeared in the local Japanese news:
The Aichi Prefectural Police arrested Keiko Kosaki (66), an unemployed person (having been terminated because of the crime) from Nisshin City, and the victim of a romance scam.
Aichi Prefecture, on suspicion of embezzlement of about 10 million yen in cash from the medical corporation where she worked, on May 21 arrested her for embezzlement.
According to investigators, she admitted to the charges, saying, “I wanted to help a foreign friend I met on a membership exchange site (SNS).”
The man (the scammer who led her into a romance scam,) identified himself as “Paul N. Antonio,” a soldier from England, reportedly sent messages to Kosaki (the scam victim) hinting at marriage and asking for medical treatment for illness and travel to Japan. The man and the suspect are not acquainted in real life, just online, and the prefectural police are investigating the possibility that he may have been involved in an “international romance scam.”
This was definitely an international romance scam. In fact, there have been similar cases in past months and years where scam victims embezzled or stole money from their employers and ended up in prison.
This scam victim can’t talk about it in detail because of confidentiality obligations, and the pending criminal case but the reason why it didn’t come out was because the company understood that it was a romance scam and didn’t acknowledge it publicly out of a desire to shield their reputation.
This time, though, because the amount of the loss is large, and the company has filed a complaint and it is now a criminal case.
Why embezzle the company’s money…?
Accoding to the police “As you may think, the psychology that works there is a strong sense of mission and destiny through strong mind control.”
However, in this case she became the perpetrator not just the scam victim, because she so wanted to help the scammer who claimed to be in desperate need of the money that she did not have without committing a crime herself!
Actions like this are being repeated frequently by scam victims around the globe, so completely manipulated to believe that he or his child got sick and that if she didn’t send money, she couldn’t stand by and not do anythng for the life-threatening emergency and what it would mean for her relationship. Her only option, she believed was the company’s money.
In this situation, the psychological manipulation and control of blaming oneself for not helping a dying person works. But now she will be forced to pay for her actions.
Once the transfers start, they do not stop until the scam victim has run out of money or the control is broken! Often scam victims feel that they have to send more money to get it all back. chasing the money, but this just extends the criminal’s control over the victim.
As she waits for him to come to the Japan and keeps sending money to solve the emergencies that happen preventing him from arriving to Japan.
She said “I guess I felt that I had to do something about it even if my money ran out, and finally I got involved in the company’s money.”
It’s a tragic story, but it’s possible for almost any victim.
It is astounding at times that victims can be so completely controlled that they would steal money to send to their criminals, but we see this kind of behavior almost daily! This turns one tragedy into an even greater one since psychological manipulation does not often work as a defense in these cases.
Because of the actions by the victim they are double victimized – first by the criminal and then by the criminal justice system that does not recognize that they were really powerless to stop! This victim is likely to spend up to a decade in prison because of a scam.
All any of us can do is continue to spread the message about relationship scams in all of their forms and the extraordinary dangers that victims face.