Con men play on fears of radiation in Japan

2011-04-05 07:12

Tokyo – Two con men in Japan allegedly used people’s fear of radiation to sell them medicines against its effects, media reports said today.

At least 1 000 people reportedly fell for the scam, the Jiji Press news agency reported.

Fear of radiation led their victims to hand over a total of ¥24 million yen (R1.9 million) for the medicine that purported to combat radiation.

Apart from their financial losses, none of the victims of the scam were harmed.

Two men from Kobe suspected of being behind the drug sales were arrested.

The pair reportedly bought the medicine in the United States. 

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