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Police smash illegal lottery ring in northern VN

Update: July, 09/2015 - 17:21
The objects that were seized by the police from the scene of the crime. — Photo

HAI PHONG (Biz Hub) — Police in the northern Hai Phong City arrested two people early this week for running an illegal lottery ring via fax machines.

The game, called so de (in Vietnamese), is an illegal numbers game based on the state lottery, allowing players to bet any amount they want for payoffs up to 80 times the original wager.

Colonel Nguyen Duc Cuong, head of the police team in Hong Bang Ward, said early this year, the local police discovered that a group of people was organising so de, in which the participants received and transferred numbers through fax machines.

They organised the game in a house located at the centre of the city, and used several fax machines to receive the series of numbers from sellers in the region and to transfer them to the players. The fax machines were placed on the second floor of the house, where the doors were often kept locked and where they installed cameras to monitor people's activities.

Cuong said the investigation took a long time because the ring was well-organised, operating via fax machines and computers, and the houses of the organisers were always guarded.

The police arrested Pham Thi Thu Hang and Nguyen Quang Toan, both born in 1974, from the house located at 6, Phan Chu Trinh Street. They also seized seven fax machines, a computer, VND64 million (US$3,000) in cash and four mobile phones. — VNS

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