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Men impersonate police to extort residents in Ho Chi Minh City

Sunday, August 30, 2020, 16:29 GMT+7
Men impersonate police to extort residents in Ho Chi Minh City
Tran Hong Thai (R) and Tran Van Son in fake police uniform are held at the police station in District 11, Ho Chi Minh City, August 28, 2020 in this supplied photo.

Police in Ho Chi Minh City have apprehended two men who posed as officers and read a fake arrest warrant at a local house in an attempt to extort the family.

Officers in Ward 7, District 11 confirmed on Sunday they had captured Tran Van Son, 41, and Tran Hong Thai, 37, for appropriation of property.

According to preliminary information, Son and Thai arrived at the house of 52-year-old L.H.T. in District 11 at around 10:00 pm on Friday.

They were in police uniform and drove a car with a blue license plate, which is only granted to vehicles of state agencies.

Son and Thai then entered the house and served an arrest warrant on T. for organizing gambling and usury.

T. felt suspicious as she had not commited such crimes.

Thai and Son’s fake police card is confiscated by police in District 11, Ho Chi Minh City.

Thai and Son’s fake police card is confiscated by police in District 11, Ho Chi Minh City.

She pretended to follow the directions of the impostors and said she needed to change her clothes before going with them.

The woman then headed to her room and told her younger brother to call local police and report the case.

After changing, T. continued talking with Thai and Son to buy her some time, before police officers arrived at the location after about five minutes.

The impersonators still insisted that they were working for the criminal investigation division under the Ministry of Public Security.

They also presented a police card, but the officers found that it was fake.

A rented car with a fake license plate that Thai and Son drives to L.H.T.’s house on August 28, 2020.

A rented car with a fake license plate that Thai and Son drove to L.H.T.’s house on August 28, 2020.

Thai and Son were then brought to the local police station.

They admitted to dressing as police officers and reading the arrest warrant in an attempt to extort T. and her family.

They bought the police uniforms and blue license plate online, while the car was a rental.

Son was previously convicted of fraud, police added.

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