Vietnam deports 26 Chinese, Taiwanese involved in telephone fraud ring

By Quang Minh, Thanh Nien News

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A police officer in Ho Chi Minh City talks to 26 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals who were caught in the city July 14, 2014 for making phone calls to cheat people's money A police officer in Ho Chi Minh City talks to 26 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals who were caught in the city July 14, 2014 for making phone calls to cheat people's money
Vietnamese immigration authorities announced the deportation of 26 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals on Saturday for allegedly operating an overseas telephone con.
The Immigration Division of the Ho Chi Minh City Police Department also levied administrative fines against the gang.
The suspects were also banned from returning to Vietnam.
HCMC immigration officers and police arrested 13 Chinese and 13 Taiwanese (17 men and 9 women) at a villa on Nguyen Van Huong Street, in District 2 on the morning of July 14.
Investigators claim they were using telecommunication and information technology equipment to contact their victims, who were identified as mostly Chinese and Taiwanese nationals living at home.
Police seized 12 laptops and two desktop computers, eight Voice-over-Internet Protocol gateways, two wireless routers, two optical media converters, and notes on more than 50 fraudulent phone call plots.
Members of the gang said they were recruited and sent to Vietnam last April by a Taiwanese kingpin.
They were trained and assigned to make phone calls posing as bank tellers, customers service agents and others.
They allegedly offered victims in Taiwan a chance to join various VIP organizations for a monthly fee.
When the victims asked to cancel their memberships, co-conspirators posing as bank employees walked them through a process that gave them access to their bank accounts.
Each gang member claimed to have been paid US$167-234 a month.
They reportedly moved around frequently to avoid police.

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