Chinese found attempting to hack ATM accounts in Vietnam

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A Chinese man on Wednesday was handed over to Ho Chi Minh City's police division based on accusations that he attempted to hack automated teller machine (ATM) accounts to steal money.

According to police, on Monday Luu Quoc Dung, a bank official, discovered Sang Yuan Sheng, 36, and another man placing an electronic device into a VietinBank's ATM in the Tan Binh district.

The other man then managed to escape on a motorbike, while Sang ran away on foot. The Chinese man was later arrested by two traffic officers who were prompted by Dung's screams for help.

Sang told police that he entered Vietnam as a tourist via the Huu Nghi border gate in the northern province of Lang Son on December 1 and was headed for Hanoi. Three days later, he took a bus to Ho Chi Minh City.

Two electronic devices, four plastic cards, including two bank cards, along with VND6.5 million (US$309) and 2,020 yuan (US$317) were confiscated from Sang, according to police.

They said Sang's acts were first detected by Le Minh Tri, a technician who was assigned to supervise the ATM via a camera system placed at VietinBank's headquarters. On Monday, Tri discovered the duo on the screen acting suspiciously, so he informed Dung.

Last month a couple of people who withdrew money from the ATM found that their accounts had lost money. It was reported that at least three doctors from the nearby Thong Nhat Hospital lost a total of more than VND20 million (US$952).

Investigations into the case are still underway.

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