Vietnam Police Arrests Seven Nigerians For $5.2 Millions Fraud

 Vietnam Police Arrests Seven Nigerians For $5.2 Millions Fraud

Salaudeen Teslim, Kwara

Vietnam police have arrested seven Nigerians who were suspected of extorting many people of more than $5.2 millions. 

A Vietnamese newspaper outfit VN Express said the suspected Nigerians were arrested alongside four Vietnamese accomplice.

The Vietnam police reported that what prompted the arrest was the investigation the force made to the complaint filed by a woman in Hue Town, Central of Vietnam in late April. 

The woman had earlier told the police that she had been scammed online by a foreigner and ended up losing VND3.9 billion ($168,000).

In the cause of tracing the money, it was discovered by the police Vietnam police that the money had been transferred to different bank accounts and withdrawn from different Automated Teller Machines in Ho Chi Minh City.

VN Express reported that "After more than 15 days of investigation in HCMC, the police of Thua Thien – Hue Province arrested three Nigerians: Ugochukwu Nnaemeka, 24; Stanley Umed, 29; and Nnaka Frankline, 36. They also arrested three Vietnamese citizens: Ngo Hai Nghi, 24; Vu Ai Linh, 24; and Dao Dang Vu, 33,”.

It was stated that the interrogation of the above Nigerians led to the further arrest of Pham Ngoc Duy who attested to the facts that he bought the accounts that he sold to the suspects for VND7-8 million ($301-344) each.

He also testified that he helped the group withdrawn money from ATMs for two percent commission.

The testimony Duy gave in the cause of  interrogation also led to the arrest of three more Nigerians Chukwugekwe Godwin Ajearo, 34; Ugochukuwu Okechukwu Jam, 35; and Ogo Emeka Donal, 35 the police said 
"Using this modus operandi, they have appropriated VND120 billion ($5.2 million) from many victims across the country. The police have found 71 bank accounts and more than 53 fake identification cards as well as multiple Facebook accounts associated with the crime".

“The case is being investigated further,” police added.

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