41-year-old Lin Chin Sheng, a.k.a A Khai, was arrested on Monday
On April 14, Ho Chi Minh City police announced the arrest of a Taiwanese man for his role in a phone fraud syndicate. The ring allegedly called private citizens and convinced the victims to send them money by impersonating the authorities.
Police said Lin Chin Sheng, 41, also known as A Khai, called a 61-year-old woman in Ho Chi Minh City's District 6 on April 8, pretending to be a Hanoi police officer. He claimed to have information that the woman had participated in an international money laundering scheme.
Sheng told the woman that to prove her innocence she should wire VND110 million (around US$5,200) to his bank account to "have the money appraised." The woman later reported the case to the police after the money wasn't returned.
Sheng's account was quickly blocked and his accomplices in Taiwan only managed to withdraw VND15 million (around $700).
The Taiwanese man, staying in District 8, has two previous convictions for usury and armed robbery.
Earlier this month, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported that city police had arrested 26 alleged members of a fraud ring.
Six of those arrested were Chinese and Taiwanese, most of whom made up the operation's leadership.
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