On September 18, Mr. Thieu Quang An – director of the Social Policy Bank of Vinh Linh district, Quang Tri province – confirmed that an elderly woman had just been assisted by this bank employee to immediately escape an online scam. before this person transferred 50 million VND to the scammer.
The incident happened at 11:30 the same day. At that time, Ms. Nguyen Thi Hanh (64 years old, residing in Vinh Thai commune, Vinh Linh district, Quang Tri province) went to the headquarters of the Social Policy Bank of Vinh Linh district to open an account.
Ms. Hanh’s purpose of opening the account was to transfer nearly 50 million VND to two subjects named Tung and Lam. Ms. Hanh knows these two people through social networks.
Seeing Ms. Hanh’s unusual behavior, staff from the Social Policy Bank of Vinh Linh district sought to exploit information.
Then, Ms. Hanh said that around 9:00 a.m. the same day, two young men claiming to be Tung and Lam called her via Zalo. During the video call, the two subjects dressed like police and court officials and claimed to be from the Ministry of Public Security and the court in Hanoi.
These two people said that Ms. Hanh was involved in a drug trafficking ring and had received a commission of 6 billion VND from this ring. Therefore, Ms. Hanh must declare all family assets and personal information.
After that, these two people also asked Ms. Hanh to transfer 50 million VND to her account, called legal fees.
When Ms. Hanh went to Vinh Linh District Bank for Social Policies to open an account to transfer money, these two people asked her not to let bank staff know about the incident to avoid leaking information and affecting the investigation process.
Knowing that Ms. Hanh had been scammed online, an officer of the Social Policy Bank of Vinh Linh district explained and helped her avoid being defrauded of the above amount of money.