Kodoani.com – On January 19, Sankei Shimbun Newspaper and Kobe Shimbun NEXT news site reported that the Cyber Investigation Department of Hyogo Prefectural Police and Gunma Prefectural Police were involved in the bust of a fraudulent account creation ring. fake, arrested 11 people. The company is suspected of using this tactic to buy a series of game console products of unknown origin and then resell them. (Note: PlayStation 5 of Sony appears on the right, however, there is no specific information about any particular console in the newspaper or website.)
It is known that among the 11 people arrested, there was a 17-year-old high school student and a 19-year-old company executive. The group is accused of creating multiple fake accounts on the e-retail website on October 16, with the intention of purchasing 18 game consoles for an estimated price of 684,000 yen (about $4,627). The game consoles were then moved to an apartment building in Nagoya.
According to the investigation, from the fake accounts that these 11 people used on various e-retail websites, it is rumored that at least 2,000 game consoles were purchased, with an estimated value of up to 85 million yen (about 575,012 USD), and then sold it again this past October.
In general, the fact that an individual can only purchase a limited number of consoles in order to prevent resale is widely discussed.
Authorities are currently investigating the origin of the money used to buy these gaming machines.