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US NewsBritish grandfather, 67, who fell for $10m phishing scam faces life in Japanese jail after 'being tricked into smuggling drugs into the country in his luggage'

11:40  28 february  2019
11:40  28 february  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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British grandfather, 67, who fell for $10m phishing scam faces life in Japanese jail after 'being tricked into smuggling drugs into the country in his luggage' © Associated Newspapers Ltd Frank Rodway, pictured with his daughter Laura on her wedding day.

A British grandfather is facing life in prison after drugs were found in his luggage after his plane landed in Japan- but his daughter claims he has been duped by an email inheritance scam.

Frank Rodway took a flight from Mali, West Africa and landed in Tokyo, Japan, where he was found with 2.1 kilograms of amphetamines in his bags.

The 67-year-old from Salford has already been detained for six months and faces life in prison under Japan's notoriously strict drug laws.

But his daughter Laura said her father has fallen for an email phishing scam and was persuaded to go to Mali to collect an inheritance, where drugs were hidden in his luggage without his knowledge, and was then convinced to fly to Japan to get his inheritance signed off and confirmed.

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She told The Sun: 'Nobody can believe it. He's the sort of man who likes a pint, looks after his neighbour's dog and loves his garden. British grandfather, 67, who fell for $10m phishing scam faces life in Japanese jail after 'being tricked into smuggling drugs into the country in his luggage' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

'My dad has diabetes and rarely travels.

'He's never been further than Scarborough before and now he's accused of being an international drug dealer. You can imagine my shock.'

The retired plasterer was convinced to go to Mali by emails claiming he could get an £8 million inheritance ($10.5 million).

British grandfather, 67, who fell for $10m phishing scam faces life in Japanese jail after 'being tricked into smuggling drugs into the country in his luggage' © Getty Frank Rodway took a flight from Mali, West Africa and landed in Tokyo, Japan

The grandfather boarded a plane from Manchester airport, via Casablanca in Morocco, to Mali on August 9 last year to sign the papers to get the windfall.

But when he landed he was told he would need to head further afield to Japan - 7,973 miles away from Mali - to sign important documents.

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His daughter Laura says that drugs were hidden in his luggage without him knowing and then he got on a plane to Japan.

When Mr Rodway arrived in Tokyo he was found to be in possession of the drugs and has been incarcerated ever since.

His daughter claims she has seen emails from the gang confirming he has been conned.

Japan has strict anti-drug laws where even possession of minute quantities can lead to jail sentences.

Mr Rodway is now awaiting a trial date.

The Foreign Office are thought to be assisting Frank and his family.

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