Ho Chi Minh City police are seeking theft charges against six members of a gang that purchased stolen credit card data online and then used the card numbers to buy goods from the US.
The six, aged 26-31, face charges of “using the Internet to appropriate property.”
According to police investigations, Nguyen Thanh Son, the 29-year-old ringleader, and his accomplices bought the credit card data stolen from overseas phishing sites or from large data breaches at international banks at the price of US$6-20 per card.
They then bought goods online using these cards.
After the products were shipped to Vietnam from the US, they were sold.
On December 30, 2013, HCMC police arrested Son and his accomplices when the group was receiving a batch of goods sent from the US.
The police searched five houses and confiscated hundreds of iPhones, dozens of laptops and other products that the group bought from the US.
Son told police his group started their illegal activities in 2010 and earned around VND2 billion ($92,540).