Report Received Within Fukui Prefecture, Prefectural Police Asks to Exercise Caution
It has been disclosed that on May 1st, the Fukui Prefectural Police received a report from a man within the prefecture, of an email fraud attempting to obtain personal information in the guise of completing an application for the “Special Economic Stimulus Grant”, that would provide ¥100,000 to each resident in Japan, as an emergency economic measure against the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
According to the Fukui Prefectural Police, the message was received on April 30th. The email stated, “Please click the URL, and enter your bank information, name, and contact information, in order to receive payment of the grant.” Outside the prefecture, there has been continuous occurrences of frauds regarding the grant; with this in mind, the man who had received the email regarded it as suspicious, and deleted the message. There was no loss or damage.
To receive the grant, the head of the household completes an application through mail or online when an Individual Number Card, for the whole family; the resident’s municipality will then transfer the whole family’s grant directly to the head of the household’s bank account. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, and the National Police Agency cautions, “There will never be a request to complete and application through an email and having to click a URL.”
The Fukui Prefectural Police addressed a request, “If you receive an email such as in this incident, please delete it and contact the nearest police station.”