Viet Nam News
HCM CITY – The HCM City Police, in the past three days, have discovered several cases related to fraud and gambling on football pools over the Internet.
The city police yesterday detained Phạm Thị Kim Phượng, 30, from the southern province of Tây Ninh, for committing fraud and misappropriating property.
According to the results of the police investigation, Phượng was living with his lover, a Nigerian man, in Malaysia. In August last year, Phượng joined a group of Nigerian men to commit fraud. The group struck up friendships with Vietnamese women on Facebook and promised to send them expensive presents. They asked the women to send them money to complete the customs procedures associated with sending these gifts to Việt Nam, and then pocketed the money.
For every successful case, Phượng received seven per cent of the money taken from the victim.
The group defrauded people of more than VNĐ8 billion (US$355,500).
In another development, the police on Sunday destroyed a gambling ring organised by Nguyễn Nhật Trí, 35, Phan Long Giang, 27, Đỗ Minh Luân, 26, and Trần Văn Út, 28, and established in a coffee shop in Nhà Bè District.
The police confiscated more than VNĐ50 million ($2,200) in cash, 22 mobile phones and 18 motorbikes.
On Saturday, the police destroyed another gambling ring, also based in a coffee shop, in District 3 and temporarily detained 24 people for conducting football pools over the Internet.
The police confiscated nearly VNĐ100 million ($4,400) in this case.
The gambling ring was led by Mai Hoàng Vũ, 40. The coffee shop had computers that were used by gamblers to access a gambling website. -- VNS