Old scams still trap victims
In Nghe An, a man in Thanh Chuong district (Nghe An) went online to look for a “one-night stand” service and was lured by the subjects and defrauded of more than half a billion dong. Accordingly, Mr. PDT (born 1990, residing in Thanh Chuong district, Nghe An), on November 6, went on social networks to find a “one-night stand”. After the interaction, Mr. T. was continuously lured into “tasks” and transferred to the subjects a total of 560 million VND. When he realized he had fallen into the scammers’ trap, Mr. T. reported it to the police. Currently, the Criminal Police Department – Nghe An Provincial Police is investigating and clarifying the case.
In Dong Thap, a woman traded more than 300 million VND from an online stock exchange but could not withdraw the money. This person went online to ask for help and was scammed for another 18 million VND. Accordingly, on November 14, Dong Thap Provincial Police said that the Department of Cyber Security and High-Tech Crime Prevention had just received a report from Ms. TTTD (65 years old, residing in Cao Lanh district) about being cheated when transferring money online.
According to Ms. D.’s presentation, around last May, she learned about the AMX stock exchange and traded more than 300 million VND. Ms. D. wanted to withdraw money but could not because the amount was suspended and reported an error. If she wanted to withdraw, she had to pay. Because she had no money, Mrs. D. did not pay. Afterwards, Ms. D. learned that there was a page online to support the recovery of suspended money, so when she contacted her, she was instructed by the subjects to pay money to withdraw the suspended money. Actually, Ms. D. transferred money to scammers 4 times for a total of 18 million VND.
Also in Dong Thap, on November 14, Dong Thap Provincial Police said that the Department of Cyber Security and High-Tech Crime Prevention has just discovered a new form of fraud through impersonation of recruitment staff. of pharmaceutical companies across the country. Subjects advertising recruitment of employees on online social networking sites. When candidates contact them, they will ask to download the application and deposit money for the purpose of obtaining personal information and appropriating property.
And in Hanoi, on the afternoon of November 18, Nam Tu Liem District Police, Hanoi City said they had received a report from Mr. P. (born 1984, in Hai Duong) about being scammed when joining the app. Invest in gold online. According to the report, around October 2023, Mr. P. received an invitation to invest in the international gold market through the IG VIP application with a “huge” profit. Mr. P. transferred money to invest and was scammed out of 100 million VND.
New scenarios to lure “prey”
The warning was recently issued by the Department of Cyber Security and High-Tech Crime Prevention (ANM and PCTPCNC), Da Nang City Police.
According to information from Da Nang City Police website, on November 14, the Security Department and PCTPCNC received a report from Ms. LH (resident of Da Nang) who was scammed to appropriate property with a completely new scenario. Accordingly, Ms. LH is the owner of a gift shop in Da Nang city. In early November 2023, a strange Zalo account named “My Duyen” befriended Ms. LH and introduced herself as a teacher at a university in Da Nang City. “My Duyen” offered to order a large number of gifts on the occasion of Vietnamese Teachers’ Day, November 20.
Initially, My Duyen” asked to order 50 bunk beds and 200 mattresses for the school’s dormitory, but Ms. LH refused because she does not do business in these products. The subject quickly introduced another Zalo account named “Quang Phat Coltd” and asked her to buy the goods for him, with the reason that the school had a conflict with this person so it was not convenient to order it himself.
When Ms. LH contacted the account “Quang Phat Coltd”, this person informed her that the goods were available, but she had to deposit 30% of the goods in advance, which was more than 70,000,000 VND, before shipping and promised that there would be a commission for the difference.
Ms. LH informed “My Duyen” of the deposit, then “My Duyen” sent her a photo of the bank transfer bill for 237,500,000 VND via Zalo and repeatedly texted and called her to urge her to transfer it. Deposit to “Quang Phat Coltd” to promptly deliver the goods during the night to serve the inspection team. Ms. LH believes that she should transfer the amount of more than 70,000,000 VND to “Quang Phat Coltd”.
A moment later, Ms. LH could no longer contact “My Duyen” and “Quang Phat Coltd”. Her bank account had not yet received the deposit of 237,500,000 VND when she discovered that the transfer invoice from the sender was fake and her assets had been fraudulently appropriated.
According to the Security and Crime Prevention Department of Da Nang City Police, this is a new fraud scenario. To avoid this trick, people need to be cautious in transactions, especially online transactions from strangers.
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