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VN police crack down on Chinese crime ring

Update: May, 25/2015 - 18:38
Some of the arrestees who organised a crime ring falsely assuming the name of the Chinese police and procuracy bodies to swindle and appropriate properties on a large scale. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's crackdown on a crime ring organised by a group of Chinese citizens has been successful, according to a report by the Ministry of Public Security's Police Department.

The ring members falsely assumed the name of the Chinese police and procuracy bodies to swindle and appropriate properties on a large scale, online newspaper quoted the report as saying.

After closely observing a number of foreigners with dubious appearance and behaviours staying in room no. 1 on the 26th floor of R1 Tower, Everrich Building, Tan Binh district, HCM City, police found that they used VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) services to falsely take the name of the Chinese police and procuracy to appropriate the properties of Chinese citizens.

Based on documents and evidences collected, the Viet Nam Hi-tech Crime Control Police (C50) co-ordinated with the Chinese Ministry of Public Security and Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security's relevant bodies to jointly investigate the case.

On Thursday, they carried out an urgent examination and search of the room and caught 21 people using VoIP services to make phone calls for illegal activities.

Police also confiscated 21 mobile phones, six laptops, 33 VoIP phones, eight computer key boards, and many notebooks from the room.

During initial interrogations, the arrested persons said they came to Viet Nam and trained in swindling tactics. Once they mastered several skills, they used VoIP services to carry out their activities.

On the same day, another team of Vietnamese police raided rooms 601 and 602 of Binh Dan residential building in District 5. They found five Chinese citizens using six laptops, hundreds of mobile phone SIM cards, tens of ID and bank cards carrying Chinese names, and other electronic devices to transfer money collected by swindling people.

Four of the arrested, Tan Maoheng, Li Quingyun, Wei Zhong, and Wang Kang Minh, are suspects in an offence for the investigation of which the Chinese Ministry of Public Security had sought the cooperation of their Vietnamese counterpart. VNS

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