Vietnamese duo charged for credit card fraud

By Dam Huy - Ha An, Thanh Nien News

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The defendants stand trial for hacking credit card information at the Hanoi People's Court on July 14. Photo credit: VnExpress The defendants stand trial for hacking credit card information at the Hanoi People's Court on July 14. Photo credit: VnExpress

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Ho Chi Minh City police have wrapped up their investigation of a couple who stand accused of using stolen credit card numbers to buy dozens of plane tickets between 2008 and 2010.
Police asked prosecutors to charge Tran Cao Vu, 34, and Nguyen Hong Anh, 29 for online theft.
Investigators found Vu and Anh used the nickname "lambor" to appropriate the credit card information on cardchua.biz -- a site used by hackers to share and trade credit card information illegally.
Vu and Anh bought 46 plane tickets to Singapore for more than VND117 million (US$5,525) and tickets to other countries for VND161 million.
Those caught stealing between VND200 million and VND500 million (like Vu and Anh) face jail terms of between 7 and 15 years and a fine of up to VND100 million ($4,723).
In related news, the Hanoi People’s Court opened a trial on July 14 against nine people charged with online theft.
According to the indictment, Duong Van Bach of Vinh Phuc Province and Nguyen Cong Cam of Nghe An Province met on the internet and agreed to steal credit card information to buy plane tickets.
The duo asked seven others to sell the tickets at 60 percent of their face value.
From June-December, 2011, the racket appropriated more than VND2 billion (nearly $95,000).
Bach was sentenced to 11 years and Cam to four and a half years in jail. Others were sentenced to between one year probation and eight years in jail.

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