A trial in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday handed a four-year jail term on one member of a grand Taiwanese scam in which members pretended as officials to call victims and cheat their money.
Chien Chiu Fu, 49, was charged of fraud.
He was arrested when withdrawing the cheated money on May 9, two days after his victim Tran Thi Tuyet Suong, a Ho Chi Minh City local, made the transfer and immediately felt the itch to tell the police.
Suong was called by a person speaking Vietnamese and self-introduced as a Hanoi police officer.
The fake officer told her that she was being probed in a money laundry case and she had to transfer him VND78 million (US$3,670) for him to check.
Suong was promised that she would have all the money back if it proved “clean.”
She was asked to send the money to the bank account of Vu Thi Hue, a woman Fu knew in Vietnam and asked to help.
Foreigners are not allowed to open a bank account in Vietnam.
Hue was not charged as the police decided that she did not know Fu would use her account for a crime.
Fu said he was assigned by a person named Liu to Vietnam, where he was teamed up with Dac Y and A Hong.
Fu could not provide the police any details of either of those’s background or whereabouts, so they are still at large.
His team also cheated Nguyen Van Tam, also from HCMC, VND10 million ($470).
Ho Chi Minh City in early August deported 26 Chinese and Taiwanese involved in the scam and on August 30 arrested one kingpin Liu Tsung Chih.
Several Vietnamese have also been arrested this year either for being members of the ring or for providing ATM cards to assist the crime.