Tokyo police arrested two swindlers who emailed Japanese with demands to pay for alleged visiting a porn website. The people insisted they were the webmasters of the website and threatened they would make the alleged visits known to the community.
Some of the addressees who got the emails preferred to pay money although they had never visited such porn sites; it's quite obvious that they wanted to avoid publicity. Thus, the swindlers managed to earn 7.86 million yen ($65.5 thousand).
Within the period of January 21 to March 3, the swindlers emailed 13 Internet users with demands to settle the bills for visiting a porn website. As it was determined later, the porn website the swindlers mentioned in the email never existed at all.
The swindlers intimidated the people into paying a sum for visiting the illusive website. They said that money must be immediately transferred onto a bank account, otherwise, they threatened, "people from the company would visit the people at home to get the money." The swindlers managed to cheat each of the victims out of $2.5 thousand. At court, many of the victims stated they preferred to pay the money because they were really afraid that some people might come and demand money.
How did the swindlers manage to carry the affair out? As it turned out later, they obtained records of employees of different companies; they were especially interested in emails of those people.