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Hanoi (VNA) – Three Republic of Korean (RoK) nationals have been arrested recently for using fake credit cards to steal money, according to the Hanoi Police Department’s high-tech crime prevention division.

The detainees are Kim Seong Hyun (born 1982), Kim Young Yun (born 1975), and Yang Dong Kook (born 1962).

Hanoi police said Kim Seong Hyun, who often entered Vietnam to sell cosmetics, got acquainted with Kim Young Yun via KaKao Talk – a social network. In November 2015, he suggested Yun make fake credit cards to withdraw money in Vietnam.

Yun later came to a China market in the RoK’s Ansan province where two Chinese nationals introduced him to the holder of the WeChat account “Choi Wa Byul”, who provided credit card security codes.

Kim Seong Hyun and Yang Dong Kook contacted some Vietnamese people to get two point-of-sale (POS) terminals for forging cards and withdrawing money via the counterfeits.

They agreed that if transactions succeeded, the Vietnamese accomplices would take 50 percent of the withdrawn money while “Choi Wa Byul” would gain 30 percent, Kim Young Yun 10 percent, and Kim Seong Hyun and Yang Dong Kook 10 percent.

On November 23, Kim Young Yun, Kim Seong Hyun and Yang Dong Kook entered Vietnam with card making equipment via Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.

From November 24 to 27, the trio and their Vietnamese accomplices made fake cards and used these cards to conduct fake transactions worth over 1 billion VND (44,380 USD). They successfully withdrew more than 300 million VND (over 13,300 USD).

The Hanoi police has prosecuted the case and took the three RoK nationals into custody for further investigation on the charges of using computer, telecommunication, the Internet or digital devices to misappropriate asset.-VNA