Three Taiwanese receive heavy sentences for scamming elderly in Vietnam

22-Nov-2020 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 9:09 AM Print This Post

Three Taiwanese nationals have received prison sentences of between 10 and 15 years for tricking elderly Vietnamese out of their money through scam calls.

On Thursday (November 19), members of a phone scamming operation in Vietnam, led by Taiwanese man Pan Chu-lin were found guilty of fraudulent appropriation of property by a court in HCM City. Pan was sentenced to 15 years, and his two Taiwanese accomplices Chiu Po-sung and Hou Po-ta received prison terms of 13 years and 10 years, respectively.

The seven Vietnamese citizens who were involved in the scam received sentences of 5-12 years. Their main function had been to pose as local police and frighten targets into sharing their personal information.

The scammers stood accused of targeting elderly Vietnamese who engage in online banking. Over the last few years, they had swindled a total of NT$12.25 million (US$429,000) out of their victims.

All the defendants pled guilty, with several claiming they were only hired as mules to transfer the money they acquired in person.

Local police said phone scams have become rampant across Vietnam and that they are often run by organisations consisting of Taiwanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese nationals. They urged the public to be wary of suspicious phone calls and identity theft tactics, according to CNA.


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