Police in Hanoi said Monday they had arrested six Chinese men in two different groups who allegedly used fake credit cards to steal around VND650 million (US$29,800), with the help of Vietnamese.
In one case, Sun Wei Hong, 40, and He Dong Ping, 39, hired three Vietnamese middlemen and asked them to find a Vietnamese merchant with a point-of-sale system that could accept their cards.
The middlemen were promised a 24 percent cut of the total money earned, while the merchant, unaware that the cards were fake, was given a small fee for the transaction.
The Chinese duo arrived in Hanoi on May 20 and met the Vietnamese the next day.
Sun Wei Hong is arrested in Hanoi with fake cards he and another Chinese used to steal from local banks. File photo
Police arrested the Chinese recently when they were just about to leave Vietnam, after they had managed to transfer VND450 million ($20,700) to their accounts.
The officers also seized 25 fake credit cards and machines for making them.
The second card fraud involved Liu Dong Jin, Le Peng Fei, Lin Feng Hui, and Li Qing Guo between 31 and 51 years old.
Li Qing Guo was director of a company in Hanoi.
They used a similar ploy and stole around VND200 million ($9,170) this month.
A source of Tuoi Tre newspaper said the Vietnamese assisting the fraud did not know that the cards were fake.