Five detained for stealing billions of đồng in hacking case

June 21, 2023 - 17:31
Five men were arrested for the alleged hacking of some 500 Facebook accounts and the misappropriation of billions of đồng, which was later used for gambling and bitcoin trading.
Members of the group of individuals being detained in the case. — Photo

ĐÀ NẴNG — A group of individuals in Đà Nẵng City have allegedly engaged in hacking Facebook accounts and defrauding the assets of nearly 500 individuals. 

The group allegedly hacked the Facebook accounts, subsequently impersonating victims to misappropriate the assets of approximately 500 people nationwide, resulting in a total amount of nearly VNĐ5 billion being taken.

On Wednesday, the Criminal Police Department of Đà Nẵng temporarily detained a group of individuals for further investigation into their fraudulent activities involving property misappropriation.

The Criminal Police Department promptly took action based on the situation analysis and reports from citizens regarding their Facebook accounts being hacked and taken over, followed by the perpetrators impersonating the victims to commit fraud and misappropriate property. 

Through professional measures, the law enforcement agency identified the involved individuals as Nguyễn Quang Đức (28), Trần Lê Quang Vũ (27), Lê Phước Thành (33), Nguyễn Phúc Thành (33), all residing in Quảng Trị Province, and Trần Việt Long (30), from Vĩnh Phúc Province.

Recognising the organised and interprovincial activities of this group, as well as the substantial amount of money misappropriated from numerous victims, the Criminal Police Department established a dedicated operation to concentrate efforts on combating and disbanding the group.

By June 20th, the Criminal Police Department had temporarily detained the aforementioned group and brought them back to Đà Nẵng for investigative purposes.

Preliminary findings indicate that this group, using hacking techniques on Facebook accounts, defrauded approximately 500 individuals nationwide, resulting in a total misappropriation of nearly VNĐ5 billion.

The ill-gotten funds were used for online gaming and Bitcoin trading in order to launder the money. — VNS