Inspiring! Crypto fraud cases avoided by 7-Eleven employees

Crypto fraud culprits are busted by 7 eleven employees

Japanese police have given special prizes to convenience store owners and employees who prevented crypto fraud.

The trio stood for a selfie with officers before being presented with their framed letters of appreciation.

Officers in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, delivered special letters of appreciation to Katsuya Fujiwara, 54, and his 51-year-old wife Kiyomi, co-owners of a 7-Eleven outlet in the town, according to Ryuku Shimpo.

Officers told reporters that on May 23 of this year, an elderly woman came into their store “in a rush” and said she needed to transfer USD 920 worth of cryptocurrency. Kiyomi apparently sensed something was wrong and advised the customer to stop making the crypto transfer – which can be done at many convenience stores in Japan using prepaid cards – while her husband reported a suspected case of fraud to the police.

Suzuko Muramatsu, the store’s 25-year-old manager, quickly “noticed” that a case of fraud was in the works and contacted a Naha-based police station.

According to reports, the Fujiwaras claimed that public recognition was unneeded and that they had merely “done the obvious thing.” Meanwhile, Matsumura stated:

“I would like to continue contributing to the safety of the people in this region and cooperating with police along with the store’s staff.”

Crypto-related fraud has been on the rise in Japan recently, with middle-aged and elderly residents apparently falling prey to complex schemes, some of which police say were orchestrated by people in their late 50s and early 60s.