JASRAC Warns Of Telephone Tricksters

The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers is asking the media to warn the public of a bogus money collector who claims to represent the society or Tokyo-based label Avex.

The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers is asking the media to warn the public of a bogus money collector who claims to represent the society or Tokyo-based label Avex.

Under the scam, people are told to make cash settlements to JASRAC as a result of copyright violations incurred through their alleged use of the popular WinMX file-sharing software, explains JASRAC.

"Such actions have absolutely nothing to do with either JASRAC or Avex," JASRAC says in a press release. "We consider this an attempt at fraud, and ask you to exercise caution."

Noting that using file-sharing software is illegal, and that it can take legal action against users, JASRAC stresses that it never asks for settlements over the phone.

The scam is seen as a variation on a recent spate of telephone confidence tricks in Japan, mainly targeting the elderly, in which people purporting to be family members ask for cash to settle accident or other damage claims.