‘Ore Ore’ Scams in Japan

Ever heard of the ‘ore ore’ scams encountered in Japan? Ore ore (俺俺) means ‘It’s me, it’s me!’ and is used to represent this social problem because the unpleasant encounter quite often begins with those very words. Today we examine a safety notice advising residents on how to avoid being deceived.

The article we’re looking at is a special feature about crime prevention (防犯特集 – ぼうはんとくしゅう) as written at the top of the page. It issues us this warning in bold letters:


ふりこめさぎに ごちゅうい ください!

Beware of bank transfer fraud!

The key word here is 詐欺 – a scam or fraud. 振込 is type a money transfer often used in Japan. Once you know the recipient’s bank details, you can transfer money to them. So how does this type of scam work? There are two types, according to the article.

Type 1 – The Fake Policeman

The first scenario talks about the resident receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be a policeman. They will attempt to ask for your pin number under the guise of having captured a fraudster and then inform you that a policeman will be visiting your house to collect your card for inspection. Of course, the real fraudster is the person claiming to be the policeman!

Some useful phrases here:


けいさつかんを なのる おとこが ほうもんし、

The person claiming to be a policeman will visit you and

名乗る means to ‘call oneself’. The name, title or position you tell to the other person.

The final message in red at the bottom:


けいさつかんや ぎんこうきょうかい、 きんゆうきかんが、 でんわなど こうとうで あんしょうばんごうなどを きくことは ありません!

The police department, banking associations and other financial institutions will never ask you for your pin number over the phone!

Lots of big words here, but nothing to be scared about. They’re just the names of types of institution. One word you’ll want to take away though, is 暗証番号 – pin number. This one comes up all the time in daily life, as you’d imagine!

Type 2 – The Pleading Son

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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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