A Vietnamese man is in custody after using a fake female Facebook account to scam an online ‘boyfriend’ into sending him a VND288 million (US$12,857) ‘dowry’.
Dang Ngoc Duoc, 30, was apprehended on Thursday by police in north-central Vietnam’s Ha Tinh Province for fraudulent appropriation of assets after posing as the ‘female’ behind the Facebook account ‘Nguyen Thi Hue.’
Using the fake account, Duoc catfished Nguyen Xuan Truong before convincing the 29-year-old to send him a large sum of money.
According to police investigation, Duoc created the account using photos of a good-looking girl with the intention of baiting men into transferring him funds amidst promises of marriage.
Truong, who works labor jobs in Singapore, was among the men who befriended Duoc’s female identity on the social media site, hoping to have a go at the beautiful single lady.
Duoc reportedly maintained daily contact with Truong for two months, even faking female voices during phone calls between the two to gain Truong’s trust.
It only took two months of online conversation before Truong popped the question, promising to marry Duoc upon returning from Singapore. The scammer happily agreed.
Over the course of their online relationship, Duoc would often complain about not having enough money to buy things, and Truong would unfailingly send his ‘girlfriend’ spending money via bank transfer, totaling VND288 million ($12,857).
On February 2, Duoc sent Truong a message, confessing that it was a scam and cut off all communication between the two.
Realizing that his ‘future wife’ was a scammer, Truong flew back to Vietnam and reported the case to the police on February 10.
After an investigation, authorities were about to uncover Duoc’s identity and made the arrest nearly two weeks later.
Duoc confessed to the crime at the police station and admitted to spending the entire VND288 million.