Ho Chi Minh City police have arrested four men suspected of colluding with others from China in a major phone scam that has swindled many Vietnamese people out of billions of dong.
The arrestees are Dong Xuan Dung, 23, Dang Van Mua, 21, Vu Van Quang and Vu Van Ngoan, both 29, police said Monday.
Police said Dung’s brother-in-law Nguyen Van Linh, who remains at large, is a key member of the gang that operates from China.
They often pretended to be police officers on the phone and asked their victims to transfer money into their accounts for investigation, police said.
In the latest case on November 3, Linh’s gang called a woman in Ho Chi Minh City, accusing her of involving in a major drug smuggling case.
The following day they asked the woman to transfer more than VND300 million (US$13,380) into their bank account for investigation.
Her relatives later told her to report to the police.
Dung and Mua were arrested while withdrawing the money at a bank in the northern province of Bac Ninh. The duo admitted to the crime and said they had swindled VND1.85 billion ($82,530) since April.
Subsequent investigation led to the arrests of Quang and Ngoan on November 4. The two confessed they had opened five accounts and withdrawn VND300 million since April.
The four suspects received a commission of between 7 and 10 percent for assisting the gang.
Police are investigating the case.