90 Vietnamese scammed by Japan job offer

By Quoc Thang   October 28, 2021 | 12:21 am PT
90 Vietnamese scammed by Japan job offer
Nguyen Viet Vuong at a police station in HCMC, facing charges for a Japan job scam. Photo by VnExpress/Nhat Vy
HCMC police are investigating a man that had swindled VND8 billion ($352,000) from 90 people en route to work in Japan.

Nguyen Viet Vuong, 31, is charged for "fraudulent appropriation of assets."

As head of the southern representative office of Ho Chi Minh City-based Atlantic JSC, Vuong had cooperated with Luong Cong Quang, director of Japan Human Resource Development and Training Center in Thu Duc City, a subsidiary of Vietcom Human Resource Supply and Trade JSC, to offer services to send laborers to work abroad.

Between Oct. 10, 2014 and Sep. 9, 2015, the duo had received applications and organized a training course for more than 90 people.

They collected a total fee of more than VND5.6 billion ($246,000) and $111,000 from trainees.

However, Quang and Vuong did not send the trainees to work in Japan as per their contract.

Denounced, the duo fled with all the money in 2018.

Police issued a warrant for their arrest, with Vuong apprehended in July.

Quang is still at large.

Investigators are still looking for additional trainees that have been scammed by Quang and Vuong.

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