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Police arrest 22 Chinese accused of high-tech crimes in southern Vietnam

Saturday, December 22, 2018, 08:55 GMT+7
Police arrest 22 Chinese accused of high-tech crimes in southern Vietnam
Police vehicles parked in front of a villa used by the 22 Chinese nationals for high-tech crimes in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, southern Vietnam, December 20, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Twenty two Chinese nationals are currently in the custody of the Ba Ria-Vung Tau police department in southern Vietnam on charges of committing technology-based crimes after officers raided rental villas and several local hotels on Wednesday and Thursday.

The 20 men and two women were caught using gambling websites intended for Chinese people. 

The computers used by the suspects were also found to be storing private information for bank accounts based in the United States and United Kingdom.

Two Vietnamese interpreters were also brought in for questioning.

The hotel where 22 of the Chinese suspects engaged in high-tech crimes in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The hotel where 22 of the Chinese suspects engaged in high-tech crimes in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A police car in front of a villa where 22 Chinese people engaged in high-tech crime in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, southern Vietnam, December 20, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A police car in front of a villa where 22 Chinese people engaged in high-tech crime in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, southern Vietnam, December 20, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The foreigners confessed to entering Vietnam with the intentions to produce counterfeit bank cards and engage in online gambling.

Police seized 41 desktop computers, 13 laptops, more than 300 mobile phones, and 13 security tokens linked to bank accounts.

Law enforcement also confiscated tools for making fake bank cards, 33 Chinese bank cards, over 200 empty cards, VND650 million (US$28,000) in cash, US$100, and CNY8,500 ($1,234).

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Thai Xuan / Tuoi Tre News

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