Taiwanese man prosecuted in HCMC for phone scam

By Hai Duyen   February 14, 2019 | 11:06 pm PT
Taiwanese man prosecuted in HCMC for phone scam
A group of Taiwanese is found to have defrauded over $113,000 from six Vietnamese. Photo by Shutterstock/SpeedKingz
Prosecutors in HCMC have charged a Taiwanese man and five Vietnamese with conning six people out of VND2.6 billion ($113,000) in 2017.

According to the indictment, Chen Kun Chin, 30, and two other Taiwanese, Nung Min Chun and Tu Tsan Chang, came to HCMC in 2017 at the behest of another Taiwanese man, Hong Cha.

Chin hired five local men and instructed them to open accounts at 10 different banks.

He also rented a hotel room in District 5 and stayed with the five Vietnamese there to easily control the transfer of money extracted by fraud.

On November 27, the gang put two men pretending to be police officers calling Sang, 83, a city resident, saying he had been "involved with a money laundering ring." 

After learning that the old man had VND123 million in his bank account, the gang asked him to transfer the entire sum to one of the bank accounts they had opened, to "serve investigation."

Using the same tactic, they tricked five other men and women in various places in the next two days and exacted VND2.5 billion, including VND1.3 billion from Nguyen Thi Kim Thanh of Hanoi.

Following an investigation, the police arrested Chin and the five Vietnamese at the hotel on November 30.

Chin told them he had followed instructions from Chun and Chang and was promised 1 percent of the loot.

The police looking for Chun and Chang.

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