Cash-for-crash scams, in which people stage fake accidents to extort money from scared car drivers, have been fairly common in some Chinese cities in recent years.
Now a Chinese national has recently pulled off the same trick even on foreign shores, a report says.
An elderly Chinese man secured 100,000 yen (US$830) in compensation after he pretended to have been struck by a car in Kyoto, Japan, two months ago, according to am730.
The incident came to light as a non-profit organization in Kyoto posted a notice online, providing information on the old man’s caper and warning people to be wary about similar rackets by other Chinese citizens, it said.
In the message that was passed on to families living in Kyoto’s Gion district, the NGO cited a local woman as saying that she saw a Chinese man fall onto the rear-view mirror of her car when she was driving by the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater on August 21.
As the man cried out in pain, the driver — a restaurant owner — took him to a hospital for a check-up.
Following an examination, a doctor determined that the man was not injured at all.
But the man’s family still demanded compensation, insisting that he was hurt.
Following two hours of arguments, the Japanese woman finally gave up and agreed to pay 100,000 yen in compensation, according to the report.
Police were later quoted as saying that the “accident” was clearly staged on purpose, with the man’s family hoping to win a payoff by threatening and intimidating the driver.
Some mainland China netizens, meanwhile, have questioned the veracity of the story, saying it seems implausible that a Chinese man would stage a fake car accident in Japan.
The story was put out just to defame China, the netizens alleged.
But a Japan-based reporter for Phoenix TV has confirmed that the incident really took place, am730 said.
According to the Phoenix TV reporter, it was not the first incident of its kind created by Chinese tourists in Japan.
In one case in the past, a person is said to have hurled his mobile phone onto a road and demanded money from a car driver, alleging that the phone flew out of his hands as he was hit by the vehicle.
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