Vietnam busts China, Taiwan fake cop scam

  • AFP, Hanoi
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  • Updated: Dec 08, 2012 00:53 IST

Vietnamese state media Friday said authorities had busted an elaborate telephone scam in which victims in China and Taiwan were tricked into handing over money by callers posing as police officers.

Police in Vietnam’s southern city of Ho Chi Minh confirmed that 52 people, all from China and Taiwan, were arrested on Thursday on suspicion of involvement in the fraud.

The accused are believed to have called randomly numbers and pretended to be police officers to persuade victims to wire money to bank accounts they had access to, media reports said.

“Similar groups move between countries and tend to stay only for a few months in each place to avoid police detection,” Nguyen Sy Quang, a HCMC top policeman said.

 

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