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Three accused of credit card fraud

Released at: 17:04, 10/12/2015

Three accused of credit card fraud

Two South Korean men and a Vietnamese accomplice accused of using a fake credit card to buy goods in the central highlands city of Da Lat.

by Son Ho

Police in the central highlands province of Lam Dong took a South Korean into custody on December 9 after he allegedly used a fake credit card to purchase goods at the thegioididong electronics retailer.

On the morning of December 5 two South Korean men and a Vietnamese woman went to the thegioididong outlet on Phan Dinh Phung Street in Da Lat and purchased goods worth VND10.2 million ($454) using a credit card. They asked that the transaction be conducted in a private room, citing concerns over the PIN being revealed. Staff agreed to the request.

After the three left the card security alert system of the Bank for Development and Investment of Vietnam (BIDV) in Hanoi sent a notification to BIDV in Lam Dong province about suspicious use of an international credit card.

The incident was reported to the Lam Dong Police Department. The South Korean man, Hwang In Chan, was then requested to come to the police station.

On December 8 he admitted that he and the other man had used information from an international credit card, which had been copied onto a blank card, to pay for the goods. The three planned to sell the goods purchased and split the proceeds.

From information provided by Lam Dong police, the High-tech Crime Prevention Police at the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) identified the Vietnamese woman as Hoang Thi Thu Ha, a resident of Tan Binh district in Ho Chi Minh City. Once detained, she revealed the other South Korean man to be Kim Sun Sig.

MPS is now searching for Kim Sun Sig and conducting further investigations.

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