Fake police officer cons people wanting to go abroad out of $407,000

By Ngoc Truong   November 2, 2023 | 11:12 pm PT
Fake police officer cons people wanting to go abroad out of $407,000
Nguyen Huu Thanh at the time of being arrested at his residence in Da Nang City. Photo by Da Nang police
A Da Nang man who allegedly impersonated a police officer, and forged documents and seals for the purpose, to scam 17 people seeking to emigrate has been arrested.

Police in the central city arrested Nguyen Huu Thanh, 32, for "fraudulent appropriation of assets" on Thursday.

They seized from him a fake police identity card and government agencies' seals he had used to scam people who wanted to go abroad to work or study in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

Thanh looked up procedures for people to go, live and study abroad online, and spread the word that he could help complete such procedures quickly.

He opened a fake law office in Son Tra District as a cover for his illegal activities.

An investigation found that in the last year he had tricked 17 people, including seven from Ho Chi Minh City, and took VND10 billion (US$407,000) from them.

He told the police he had spent all the money.

One of the victims complained about a suspected con to the police, who then began the investigation.

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