Beware of “Shoe Shoe Scam” Calls Offering Free Collection of Unwanted Shoes in Japan

Japan News

Ooreore scams and “It’s me” scams are scams in which someone pretends to be someone you know over the phone.These scams are based on the judgment of a person’s voice alone.The scam that recently called my acquaintance’s mother seems to be a slightly different type of scam.I have taken the liberty of naming it the “shoe scam. You are right that it is a scam.But this is a very clever scam.


What kind of scam is the “Shoe Shoe Scam?”

One day, I received this phone call.

“I will pick up any shoes you have at home that you no longer use, free of charge.”

The mother of the acquaintance who received this call asked that it be convenient.

Every house has one or two pairs of shoes that are no longer worn.

It is not so difficult to throw them away, but they tend to stay and take up a lot of space.

So, they say, “Well, let’s ask them to do it for us.

This is where the “shoe scam” really begins.

“If you have any metal items to throw away in addition to the shoes you no longer need, we will collect them together.
If you have any metal items to throw away, please have them ready.”

While showing kindness by collecting unwanted shoes, the real target is this metal.

The real goal is to make you search for the metal items in your house along with your shoes and buy them at a discount.

The cleverness of the “shoe-shoe scam” to collect unwanted shoes

Unwanted shoes are easy to find, but unwanted metal items are hard to find.

I don’t have any, but I have a pair of shoes I don’t need waiting for me at home anyway.

Then a friendly-looking shoe collector will come and pick up the shoes and metal.

He will then say something like this.

“Do you have any other unwanted or defective metalware?”

That’s how we pretend to be kind and search together to find something of value in the house.

And when they find something expensive or valuable, they will chase after it.

“This necklace is already broken, shall I take it with me?”
“I’ll buy that ring, too, if you don’t use it anymore.”

That is how we unearth and exploit what is buried in what the elderly have.

Unlike the “O-Ore-Ore Scam,” the “Shoe Scam” is about meeting people.

The goal is to call the home of a single elderly person, approach them out of kindness, and enter their home.

The skill of this scam is that it cleverly plays on people’s psychology.

They take advantage of the guilt of having been “given away” dirty shoes.

The scammer amplifies the feeling of “I’m sorry you have to leave with just my dirty shoes.

This may even lead to the psychological state of “I’m being helped to clean up.”

The feeling of “I’m sorry you had to go through all this” will cause them to offer more and more.

In the worst cases, they will feel overtly guilty.

‘I can’t do my job if I only buy these shoes.’
‘I’ve refused to go anywhere else, do you have any metal I can sell?’

We give them a guilty feeling like this, and then buy the metal they didn’t even intend to sell at a discount.

Why are the elderly targeted by shoe-shoe scams?

When I heard this story, it occurred to me that I had never been involved in such a scam at all.

I’ve received some strange calls when I was at my parents’ house and fought them off, but not for me.

I asked my friends who are also in their 30’s and they have never heard of such a story either. Why is that?

The answer is simple: “I don’t have a landline at home.

Young people today do not have a landline phone because they only need a cell phone.

However, people of the past continue to use landlines.

Not many people put their phone numbers in the phone book now, but many still do.

That’s why scam groups target people who have landlines.

Do not put your landline phone in the phone book even if you have one.
Do not use a cell phone instead of a landline.
Don’t answer numbers you don’t know.

A little care in these areas may prevent scams targeting the elderly.

Watch out for the “shoe-shoe scam” that we are hearing about all over the country.