3 Filipinos charged with fraud for scamming tourist in Vietnam

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Prosecutors in Ho Chi Minh City have ratified fraud charges against three Filipinos for cheating a Japanese tourist out of some US$2,000 and an iPhone4 last year.

Oliver Ingao Due, Cavite Nestor Carmesis, both 45, and Tagapan Bartolome Jr Berbasa, 47, have been formally charged with "committing fraud to appropriate others' property," said the HCMC People's Procuracy.

According to the indictment, last October 26, Berbasa and Carmesis approached Japanese tourist Takaesu Naoki, and invited him to their rented house in Phu Nhuan District.

They lured Naoki into playing a card game with a Singaporean woman, whose identity has yet to be identified.

After letting Naoki win $800, they raised the stakes, daring him to bet $5,000 on the last game.

With Due promising to lend him the $2,000 he was short, Naoki agreed to the new stakes and withdrew $44 million ($2,000) from an ATM.

When he gave them the money along with his iPhone 4, the Filipinos put the collateral into a safe, saying that they would resume the game later because the Singaporean woman had to take care of some business.

Naoki then also told them that he would return with the $1,000 that he was short.

After the tourist left, the Filipinos shared the money, prosecutors said.

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Three days later they called Naoki to continue the game and were apprehended by police as they were receiving the additional $1,000 from Naoki.

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