Vietnam police hand over fraud suspects to Interpol

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Police in the central province of Phu Yen have handed over 59 foreigners arrested earlier this week on suspicion of fraud to Interpol forces in Taiwan and China, a local official said Thursday.

According to Pham Van Hoa, director of the Phu Yen police division, Interpol would handle the accused because the suspects had allegedly defrauded people in Taiwan, China, the US and other countries and territories.

The suspects have also been fined VND1.2 billion (US$57,681) in total and will be banned from entering Vietnam for five years, he said.

Vietnamese accused of involvement in the cases will be handled in accordance with Vietnamese laws, Hoa added.

On Monday, the foreigners were caught using hi-tech devices to pose as police, prosecutors and others agencies in the victims' host country. They asked the victims to transfer money to their bank accounts for police investigations or security reasons, police said.

Hoa said initial information showed that the ring had cheated a total of 500,000 yuan ($78,275) out of its victims, mainly those who trade in gold, banking and illegal fields. A total of 10 cases were recorded over the past few days.

He also said that the ring was led by two Taiwanese, Yang Shan Chin and Yang Chung Long, who entered Thailand and Cambodia before Vietnam.


59 foreigners arrested in central Vietnam on suspicion of fraud

They brought some of the high-tech devices from Taiwan, while others were bought in Cambodia and Vietnam, he added.

Police said they confiscated hundreds of scripts the suspects used to defraud people, as well as 28 laptops, 56 mobile phones, 19 credit cards and cash from many countries.

Three Vietnamese who worked for the foreigners as interpreter, meal provider, and accommodation assistant were also taken into custody on Monday.

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