Beware of cyber attacks (phishing emails)


2023/02/01 Wednesday Announcements, Security

<February 1st to March 18th is the cybersecurity period>

Computers and smartphones are used by many people, from children to the elderly, and have become an indispensable part of our lives.  In particular, there has been an increase in consultations with the police regarding phishing emails.

In order to use the Internet, e-mail, etc. with peace of mind, let’s acquire “correct knowledge and usage” and know the tricks of cybercrime to prevent damage.

Beware of Phishing Emails!

A phishing e-mail is an e-mail that pretends to be from an existing financial institution or company and directs you to a fake website.  Recently, there has been an increase in SMS phishing scams (smishing) that uses smartphone SMS.

*SMS: Abbreviation for Short Message Service.  A service that allows you to send and receive messages with a phone number as the destination.

Methods used in attacks

You will receive an email pretending to be from a well-known company (courier, etc.).

If you click on the listed URL, you will be redirected to a fake site.

Fake sites look very similar (and difficult to tell) from the real ones.

You will be prompted to enter personal information such as ID and password.

Your personal information is stolen.

Your information could be misused and you could suffer financial damage.

How to avoid being victimized

  • Do not open emails or SMS carelessly.
  • Do not easily click on the URL in the email and access directly from the official website.
  • Do not easily enter personal information such as credit card information, IDs and passwords.

Be careful not to carelessly “do not open, do not click, do not type”!

See also the article “Beware of Cybercrime (Tech Support Scam)!”

Aside from phishing emails and tech support scams, make an appointment if you feel unsafe receiving an unknown billing email, etc.

Consultation Desk

Police Security Consultation Phone (Keisatsu Anzen Soudan Denwa) #9110 (Japanese only)

*For dial-in phones, call 059-224-9110

Opening hours from 9 am to 5 pm (except weekends, commemorative days and New Year’s holidays)

For multilingual inquiries, use MieCo, Mie Foreign Residents Consultation Center

Phone 080-3300-8077

Sunday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (except weekends, commemorative days and New Year’s holidays)

Supported languages ​​are English, Portuguese, Spanish, Filipino, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepali, Indonesian, Thai and Japanese.

Matsusaka Consumer Damage Prevention Workshop for Foreign Residents

2023/02/01 Wednesday Announcements, Security


We will hold a consumer damage prevention workshop for foreign residents.  We will have interpreters in multiple languages ​​at the workshop.  Let’s deepen our knowledge about consumption so as not to get involved in troubles as a consumer.

Date and time

February 11, 2023 (Saturday)

10:10 am to 11:10 am (admission starts at 9:50 am)


2nd floor meeting room of Matsusaka Child Support Research Center (Matsusaka-shi Kodomo Shien Kenkyu Center)

Address: Mie-ken Matsusaka-shi Kawai-cho 690-1

Workshop theme

“Protect yourself from contractual problems!”  (Keiyaku Trouble kara Jibun no Mi wo Mamorimashou!)


  • Explanation for consumer damage prevention (using multilingual flyers)
  • Introduction of problem cases (using DVD)
  • Q&A session


Customer Center Employees (Mieken Kankyo Seikatsu-bu Kurashi Koutsu Anzen-ka Shouhi Seikatsu Center-han)

Target Audience

Foreign residents residing in Mie Prefecture

City officials and people involved in supporting foreign residents


About 35 people (first come, first served)

Entrance fee


Available languages

Filipino, Chinese, Vietnamese, Nepali and English

How to apply

Complete the registration form on the back of the flyer with the required information (participant’s name, phone number, if an interpreter is needed, etc.) and submit by email or fax by February 4, 2023 (Saturday).

Download the brochure by click here.

Contact for registration

Okumura and Uto from the Mie International Exchange Foundation (MIEF)

TEL: 059-223-5006

FAX: 059-223-5007