Facebook Phishing

Although once virtually unheard of in conversations among my Japanese friends, Facebook is now well and truly integrated into the lives of Japanese young people. More and more people seem to be becoming happy with the idea of using their real name and picture (although there are still an awful lot of pet pictures out there). Facebook is also quite a popular tool amongst the business-savvy users for networking. But as with most platforms, there are also people looking to exploit unsuspecting users. Let’s take a look at one such example of phishing in Japanese on Facebook.


In case you don’t quite know what phishing is, let me give a brief explanation. Phishing is the practice of trying to acquire valuable information by masquerading as a trustworthy entity. Usually this takes the form of the scammer pretending to be a friend of the victim and asking for something such as an email address or phone number to contact them on. If the victim falls for this, the scam escalates, with the ultimate goal usually to deceive the victim into paying for services or wiring money to the scammer.

It’s very a very common practice that has targeted mobile phone users in Japan (among other countries) for years, especially in regards to 出会い系サイト (であい けい サイト) – dating sites. Another scam is the one known as オレオレ詐欺 (おれおれ さぎ) where the scammer phones up an (usually elderly) victim pretending to be their grandson.

“Hey, it’s me!” the scam begins.
“I really need help. Some guys are on my back demanding I pay them back on a loan. I need you to wire the money to my account immediately. Of course, I can pay you back soon after. It’s just to stop these guys hounding me.”

Or something similar.

I was surprised however to see a phishing attempt on Facebook that my friend posted about. He always has interesting things to say and there’s some great Japanese in his post, so let’s delve in and examine it!


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9 Responses to Gakuu. Studying with Real Japanese

  1. Sabrina September 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    This is pretty cool! Right now I’m studying on Textfugu which is great! I belive Gakuu can be really helpul too. What I like most is that its for pre-intermediate to advanced level students. So you can’t say its the same thing over and over again… students can actually improve their knowledge here. Thank you very much for creating this site. Have a nice day :)

    • Gakuranman September 30, 2010 at 1:09 am #

      Hi Sabrina! Thank you for your comment :).

      That’s definitely our aim. I love Textfugu for beginners and really getting students a solid grounding in the language, but afterwards (and even while) studying the basics, it can really help to encounter raw Japanese material. You don’t have to understand everything at first, but feeling challenged and picking up little bits here and there that are extra to your learning the basics helps expand your mind. Let me know if you have any more questions! More demonstration material will be up soon! We are currently having a special launch sale price for early adopters, so check out the pricing page if interested :).

      • Sabrina September 30, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

        Thanks for your reply. :) Unfortunately I’m even still miles away from the intermediate level. But I’ll definetly return to Gakuu when I get to this point. Anyway, I’m looking forward to the extra demonstration material. :) Keep up the good work.

        • Gakuranman October 1, 2010 at 12:21 am #

          Sure thing :). Let me know if you have any other questions or suggestions for things you’d like to see on Gakuu!

  2. missingno15 October 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    When I looked at this, I first thought to myself, “aw hell no, gakuranman is doing the same thing as koichi…even the website layout is similar”. But then I realized “it’s aimed at pre-intermediate to advanced level students” which is perfect for my situation right now because I now really want to excel way past beginner. So basically, Gakuu really complements Textfugu. Can’t wait for more lessons to see how this is gonna be like so I can decide if its worth getting.

    • Gakuranman October 1, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

      Hey there! Thanks for dropping by :). No way – Koichi and I are buds. I’ve always loved teaching the more advanced stuff so it worked out perfectly. I’ll be adding more stuff in the coming days, so please stay tuned!

      • Lee Aloy October 23, 2016 at 5:20 am #


        I am sorry to ask this silly question. Are you Japanese?
        am hoping to find a Japanese friends here please shot me an email:

  3. DumbOtaku (percent20) October 3, 2010 at 12:58 am #

    This is really cool. I am glad to see more online content going beyond just teaching hirigana and katakana. That is what I try to do on my blog, but with to little consistency. Glad to see an expert do it, btw already a signed-up paid member now. :)

    • Gakuranman October 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

      Glad to have you man! Look forward to hearing any suggestions you have for the site and future lessons :)

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