Malaysian jailed for using fake credit cards in Vietnam

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A Ho Chi Minh City court sentenced a Malaysian man to four years in jail Tuesday for using fake credit cards to buy goods in HCMC and Hanoi.


Goh Hock Guan, 27, was charged with "appropriating properties," according to the HCMC People's Court.


On November 10, 2011, Guan entered a computer store on Nguyen Cu Trinh Street in District 1 to buy a Vaio laptop, according to investigators.


He produced credit cards to pay, but they were not accepted three times.


The fourth time, the card he used worked.


But the shop owner felt Guan was suspicious and secretly called the bank that had issued the cards.


When bank employees arrived and checked the cards, Guan grabbed the cards and broke the shop's glass door while attempting to run away.


The shop's employees and nearby militiamen chased after him. They apprehended him and seized 10 fake credit cards from him.


According to the indictment, Guan arrived in HCMC on October 19, 2011, after agreeing to a deal with an international criminal gang that uses fake credit cards to buy and then resell goods. The deal said he would earn 10 percent of the value of goods he could buy with the fake cards in Vietnam.


Guan used fake personal papers to rent a hotel room. Along with him, nine other members of the gang were also in Vietnam.


A Malaysian man named Jackson Tan Pei Long was assigned to provide fake cards to Guan.


Between October 21 and November 10, 2011, Guan made six successful transactions to buy goods worth more than VND158 million (US$7,489) in HCMC and Hanoi, according to the indictment.


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