Police have arrested an 18-year-old suspected of hacking into the Facebook account of a Vietnamese student in the Czech Republic and cheating a victim's relative into sending him phone top-up cards worth US$32,000.
Investigators in the central province of Quang Tri found that Le Van Tu had reviewed the student’s conversations with her family in Vietnam carefully before starting the scam.
He then pretended to be the victim and asked her uncle to buy top-up cards in Vietnam and send him the codes through Facebook Messenger. He lied that the codes can be resold in the Czech Republic at higher prices.
The uncle sent Tu the codes of 1,500 phone cards valued at VND716 million (around $32,000) and had no suspicion during the process.
Police noticed the purchase of the cards in large number and asked the uncle to contact his niece. They found out that the student's Facebook account had been hacked.
Investigators said Tu also took over several other Facebook accounts for similar scams. The total money he has managed to receive is still not clear.
Tu told the police that he learned hacking tricks from the Internet and sold the card codes at a 25 percent discount. Tu is a drug user, according to the police.
Tu insisted his scams on social media did not violate any law.