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Update: January, 27/2015 - 09:42

Hien slowed down as he neared the red light at the Go May crossroad in HCM City on his motorbike. As an old man walked past swinging his arms, one of his hands hit Hien's handlebar. The aging pedestrian was not hurt, so Hien continued on his way when the light turned green.

Moments later, Hien was stopped by another man on his motorbike who was carrying the old man who had hit his hand.

The old man showed Hien his wrist which bore a broken Rolex watch. He blamed Hien for breaking it and also called someone on his phone to come and assist him get compensation from Hien for the damage.

After checking Hien's wallet, the old man told Hien the VND1.7 million in it was not enough to pay for the damage, which he said amounted to US$4,000. All he said he wanted Hien to do was to apologise.

As Hien arrived home, he was shocked to find his wallet empty. He then realised that the incident was a set-up and that he had been scammed. The old man had obviously taken the money while pretending to check the wallet.

But the swindler did not smile for long. Later in the day, the old man, identified as Nguyen Van Duc, was caught red-handed trying to repeat the same broken-watch trick.

All that glitters is not gold

In September last year, the Cuu Long Jewellery com-pany presented 20 wedding rings which it said were made of gold and worth VND6 million (US$280) each to 20 couples at a collective wedding in HCM City.

Nuong, one of the brides, who is visually-impaired, said her neighbours told her that the wedding ring was getting darker as time went on. She took the ring to a jewellery shop for polishing, where staff told her it was a fake.

Tuyet Nga, who sells lottery tickets to make ends meet in Dong Thap Province, said when she took her wedding ring to a jewelry shop, she was also told that the rings was not made of real gold.

When she tried to contact the organiser of the wedding event, she was ignored. And when she took the rings to a Cuu Long Jewellery shops, she claims staff refused to buy them back.

After this negative feedback started to do the rounds, a representative from the Cuu Long Jewellery Company apologised to the couples and promised to give VND2.5 million ($110) to all those who wanted to return the rings.

The representative, however, still affirmed that the company's jewellery was made of "high quality" gold. The rings were later identified as containing only about 20 per cent gold. The lowest gold content used by most jewellers is at least 47 per cent.

So, those who have bought gold jewellery in recent times should go and check again!

Short career for Huy the pimp

Taking hot, sexy pix of young girls in provocative outfits was not enough to satisfy twenty-eight-year-old Le Huy, a passionate photographer.

He tuned-up those pictures by using Photoshop and posted them online with the models' contact information - for girls prepared to pay a fee of VND3-5 million (US$140-240) a month.

Huy did not like his models being late with their payments. Those who failed to pay on time would find their photos taken down from the site.

As it turned out, his models were prostitutes and Huy allegedly served as a middleman, hooking them up with customers via his website. With a dozen models as his regulars, Huy used to pocket up to $5,000 every month.

The self-claimed photographer was arrested last Thursday by the police for the crime of pandering - offering the sex services of women for sale.

We have reason to believe that before his arrest, Huy's business had become quite popular with a certain group of "models" and their admirers.

Unfortunately, the young man who touted himself as a photographer is now better known as "Le Huy, the pimp". — VNS

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