2 arrested in Hanoi for faking sensational Facebook posts to attract advertising

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Ngo Ba Son, 31, and Vu Van Bang, 26, at a Hanoi police station for using hacked Facebook accounts to post sensational stories. Photo credit: VietNamNet Ngo Ba Son, 31, and Vu Van Bang, 26, at a Hanoi police station for using hacked Facebook accounts to post sensational stories. Photo credit: VietNamNet

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The Hanoi police have arrested two people for allegedly using others’ Facebook accounts to post fake messages and images claiming a girl was raped and killed, causing public horror earlier this month.
A police source said Wednesday their investigation suggested that Ngo Ba Son, 31, and Vu Van Bang, 26, have been posting such shocking stories from links they created to attract clicks and earn money from Google Ads.
The message that a first-year college student was raped and murdered behind a dormitory in Hanoi was reported by the media on April 9.
Police tracked down Son and Bang after Pham Van Tuan, the registered owner of one of the accounts carrying the post, said he did do it.
They found that on April 22 the duo used another Facebook account to post a story about a girl willing to have sex with anyone for money.
Investigations found they bought accounts from hackers and have been making hundreds of such posts in the last two months, diverting around 2.5 million clicks to various websites they had created to earn more than VND20 million, or around US$1,000, in advertisements.

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