Vietnamese arrested for scam involving stolen credit card info

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Police in Hanoi have arrested a man for allegedly using stolen information from foreign credit cards to provide a local travel agency with Vietnam Airlines tickets.

Nguyen Hung Cuong was accused of cheating more than VND558 million (US$26,800) from an unnamed company in Hanoi by giving them 139 tickets purchased with hijacked information from foreign accounts, news website VnExpress reported.

The tickets were booked for trips to the Mekong Delta during the Lunar New Year holiday in late January

However, before the departure date arrived, the tourism company was notified that the tickets had been invalidated, forcing the company to replace them.

Le, an employee from the company, said she was introduced to Cuong as somebody who had access to low-price airline tickets in 2010.

There were no problems with his supply at first, she said.

The 25-year-old, arrested this week, told police that he and several friends, who remain at large, had used different email addresses and mobile phone numbers in the scam.

Police are investigating Cuong on charges of using the Internet and the telecommunication network to appropriate property.

If convicted, Cuong could be sentenced to a wide range of possible prison terms, from one year to life.

In case of theft using the Internet and the telecommunication network, Vietnam's Penal Code allows for life sentence to be handed down on theft greater than VND500 million.

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