Police impostor scams victims out of $407,000 by preying on their desire to travel abroad.

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    Nov 4, 2023

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A man in Da Nang was arrested for impersonating a cop, forging documents/seals, and scamming 17 people seeking to emigrate.


On Thursday, authorities in the central city apprehended Nguyen Huu Thanh, aged 32, on charges of engaging in fraudulent appropriation of assets.

A fake police identity card and government agencies' seals were confiscated from him, which he had utilized to deceive individuals seeking opportunities to work or study in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

Thanh conducted online research to find information about the procedures individuals needed to follow in order to relocate, reside, and pursue studies overseas. He actively shared this knowledge with others, offering his assistance to expedite the completion of these necessary steps.

To conceal his illicit operations, he established a deceptive legal practice in Son Tra District.

According to the findings of an investigation, it has been discovered that within the past year, he managed to deceive a total of 17 individuals, with seven of them being residents of Ho Chi Minh City. Shockingly, he successfully swindled these victims out of a staggering amount of VND10 billion (equivalent to US$407,000).

He admitted to the police that he had depleted all of the funds.

After a victim reported a suspected con to the police, an investigation was initiated by law enforcement in response to their complaint.

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