Feeds

Japan's naughty nurses scam free meals with mobile games

Hungry women trick unsuspecting otaku into paying for grub

Security for virtualized datacentres

Japan’s male mobile gaming geeks are being taken for a ride in ever-greater numbers by hungry, cash-poor women who befriend them online before tricking them into paying for an expensive dinner for two.

This particularly devious scam is on the rise in the Land of the Rising Sun as single Japanese women struggle to pay the bills and have enough for three square meals a day, according to News Post Seven (via RocketNews24).

The report we've linked to isn't entirely comprehensive but does detail a rather compelling account from Ms A, a 28-year old nursery school teacher living in Tokyo, who says she uses the social gaming scam to supplement her meagre income.

She apparently begins by asking her victim a game-related question such as “what’s the best way to fight”, before taking the conversation into more personal matters, all the while trying to elicit info from the man to see how much he’s worth.

The moment of truth comes when Ms A drops into the conversation the fact that her dinner plans have been cancelled at late notice and, when the guy suggests himself as a last minute replacement, she claims not to have the money.

The gaming geek will usually offer to pay for the meal – from start to finish the whole scam taking just 15 minutes.

Ms A apparently manages three men per month using this canny strategy, even pretending she’s a nurse to quicken the pulse rate of her potential victims.

Mobile gaming is a huge industry in Japan, where smartphone penetration is over 40 per cent according to some estimates.

Market intelligence firm Yano Research Institute predicts the mobile game market in the country could reach as much as ¥387bn (£2.5bn) this fiscal year. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY
'Nerd release' finally staggers past 50 per cent adoption
Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD to DIE, and this is WHY
Apple, er, couldn’t get the parts for HDD models
Apple spent just ONE DOLLAR beefing up the latest iPad Air 2
New iPads look a lot like the old one. There's a reason for that
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring
Back to driving's basics with a joyously legal high
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
Simplify SSL certificate management across the enterprise
Simple steps to take control of SSL across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these Certificates.