Police in Vietnam have arrested three Chinese men for using fake cards to withdraw money from local ATM booths.
The suspects were captured on Thursday for carrying out the card fraud in Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province.
They were identified as Li Dan Yang, 29, Peng Yu He, 30, who were both from Guangdong Province, and Wang Tao, 27, from Fujian Province.
At around 3:00 am that day, the border guard office at Mong Cai International Border Gate, located in Mong Cai City, Quang Ninh, received the information from the provincial Department of Police regarding the three suspects.
They had traveled from Ha Long to Mong Cai and were attempting to leave Vietnam for China via the border gate.
Officers then spotted a group of three people with suspicious signs at 6:30 am before performing an administrative search.
Multiple types of bank cards, along with mobile phones, SIM cards, and VND36 million (US$1,585), were found following the examination.
According to Li’s statements, he had been given the bank cards by a man he had met via WeChat, a Chinese multi-purpose social media mobile application.
He was told to use the counterfeit cards in Vietnam, a source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper stated.
Li, along with Peng and Wang, later entered Vietnam illegally and arrived in Ha Long City to conduct the illicit scheme.
The group was caught red-handed withdrawing cash at a local ATM on Thursday.
They managed to escape on a passenger bus and were trying to return to their home country before being captured.
The Mong Cai Border Guard Office has transferred the suspects to the Quang Ninh Department of Police for further investigation.