Four Chinese nationals were arrested on April 22 for allegedly using fake credit cards to misappropriate taxi fares in Hanoi. PHOTO COURTESY OF AN NINH THU DO NEWSPAPER
Hanoi police announced the arrest of four Chinese nationals, Monday, for orchestrating a credit card scam that allegedly involved Vietnamese taxi drivers.
The men, whose Vietnamese names are Du Chi Hung, 25, Phuong Quang Thuan, 31, Tran Sach Kien, 36, and Lam Bang, 39, face charges of “using technology to misappropriate property.”
The group was arrested on the evening of April 22.
Police searched the rooms of two hotels in Ba Dinh District where the four were staying and seized a number of devices used to make fake credit cards. A total of 109 fake credit cards were seized.
The Chinese confessed that they entered Vietnam in February with the devices in hand.
They then manufactured fake credit cards using stolen credit card information they bought from hackers through overseas websites.
They then conspired with driver at three Hanoi-based taxi companies – Taxi Group, Taxi Hanoi and Taxi CP – to use the fake cards to pay for rides they never took.
Drivers allegedly swiped the fake cards through POS machines installed in the taxis by Vietcombank, one of the nation's largest state-owned banks. The drivers brought the fraudulent receipts to reclaim taxi fares from their companies and split the profits with the Chinese.
According to Vietcombank, between April 16 and 22, the group successfully made 95 transactions, appropriating more than VND54 million (over US$2,560) through the aforementioned scheme.
The drivers' details have not been released. It is not known if the drivers were arrested or not.
Police said they are still investigating.
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