Miss Vietnam 2012 Dang Thu Thao (C) outside a police station in District 3, HCMC, on Thursday. Photo: Nguyen Bao
The Ho Chi Minh City police Thursday arrested a woman who allegedly pretended to be the manager of a former Miss Vietnam and swindled money out of some people.
Luong Thi Tuong Vy, 27, and her accomplice Nguyen Quang Vinh, 30, were arrested at a coffee shop in District 3 as they were signing an advertising contract with a company. The duo had purported to represent Dang Thu Thao, the 2012 Miss Vietnam.
The company’s representative, a woman named D., Thao’s friend, had heard about Vy’s impersonation and pretended to make an appointment with her.
After they had “signed” the contract, Thao appeared to denounce the fraud, and Vy was arrested.
According to the police, Vy had created a Facebook page under the name of Dang Thu Tam and claimed to be the elder sister of Thao.
She regularly updated the page with posts and photos showing Thao doing charity.
To win people’s trust, she also created a Facebook page in the name of Dang Thu Thao to interact with hers.
She called on her Facebook friends and followers to collect money for charity projects initiated by Thao, and claimed to be the manager of Thao as well as many other beauty queens, models and actresses.
On October 5 Vy had met a person from another advertising company to discuss a role for Thao in a TV serial to be produced by the company.
She told the executive that Thao was on a charity trip and had authorized her to sign the contract on her behalf.
She asked the company for a VND20 million (US$901) advance, and it was paid.
After her arrested Thursday, the company reported the case to the police.
The District 3 police are calling on other victims too to file complaints.