Hanoi police have arrested two Taiwanese alleged of "voice fishing", a phone scam that involved people being duped into transferring money from their own bank account to one that is accessible to the fraudsters.
Chang Khai Yeu, 27, and Hsieh Ming Hsin, 31, were arrested when they were withdrawing money from an ATM on Cau Giay District’s Nguyen Thi Dinh Street on June 30.
The duo possessed 54 debit cards issued by Vietnamese banks and VND300 million (US$14,100) in cash.
They told the police they had received the cards from another Taiwanese man and had been withdrawing money from various ATM booths in Hanoi since after arriving on June 20.
Colonel Le Hong Son, chief officer of Hanoi anti hi-tech crimes agency, said the arrest was part of an investigation launched in May following victims' complaints.
Police have identified 16 victims, including seven in Hanoi, two in Ho Chi Minh City, three in Da Nang and the rest in other localities, he said.
The victims in Hanoi, HCMC and Da Nang lost nearly VND3 billion in total, he added.
Son warned people about similar ploys to Chang and Hsieh’s of calling and posing as police officers asking for personal and bank account information for investigation.
These people used hi-tech devices to fake the landline telephone number of governmental agencies when calling the victims to win their trust; they even asked the victim to check their number with the telephone company, he said.