Police in Ho Chi Minh City are preparing to deport 26 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals who had allegedly set up a telephone con targeting foreign nationals.
The police are preparing documents for their deportation after they finish questioning them.
The ring allegedly offered victims in China a chance to join various VIP organizations for a monthly fee.
When the victims asked to cancel their memberships, and they directed to co-conspirators posing as bank employees who walked them through a process that allowed the ring to deduct money from their accounts.
Colonel Nguyen Van Anh, head of the immigration division at the city police, said the 13 Chinese and 13 Taiwanese (17 men and 9 women) were arrested at a villa on Nguyen Van Huong Street, in District 2 on the morning of July 14.
They were allegedly using telecommunication and information technology equipment to contact their victims, who were identified as mostly Chinese and Taiwanese.
The police seized 16 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.
Each gang member claimed to have been paid US$167-234 a month and claimed to have moved around, frequently, to avoid police.
This year, Ho Chi Minh City police have arrested dozens of suspects from different gangs involved in similar cons. Several suspects claimed to have been sent to Indonesia for training.