Police in the southern province of Dong Nai are investigating a case in which a foreigner allegedly swindled more than VND9 billion (US$398,600) from at least 162 Vietnamese. The investigation was started in July after a local woman, who was referred to as Nguyen Thanh T., filed a complaint. She accused a foreigner named Eric Townsend of cheating her out of over VND2.2 billion ($92,400), police said Monday. She said he approached her on the Internet through Skype in April, claiming that he was a 53-year-old US military colonel who was based in Afghanistan. He allegedly told her that his wife and two children were all killed in an air crash, and soon after their first chats, the man promised to fly to Vietnam to marry her. The man then said he had sent her a package including $1.8 million and some of his personal documents. A man named Steven then kept sending her emails, saying he sent the package on behalf of Eric Townsend from the US, but customs demanded payment to clear the … [Read more...] about Scammer poses as US colonel online, cheats 162 Vietnamese out of $400,000: police
U.S. and UK spy agencies and police may soon be allowed to directly ask media companies in each others' countries for email and online chat data for people being investigated, under a tentative bilateral deal, officials said on Friday. As governments worldwide and online companies struggle to strike a balance between privacy rights and law enforcement imperatives, three U.S. officials confirmed a pact is in the works, although it would require congressional approval. "The proposed agreement, which remains under discussion, would be reciprocal and would require legislation to take effect," said a U.S. Justice Department official. First reported by The Washington Post, the talks were focused on letting UK agencies, such as counter-intelligence unit MI5, serve "production orders" on U.S. firms demanding data for “live intercepts” in inquiries involving UK citizens. UK agencies might also be able to ask U.S. companies to turn over stored data, such as emails. The Post quoted a … [Read more...] about U.S., Britain consider letting spy agencies, police seek email, chat data from companies
Viet Nam News wants to hear from you Your Say, published every Friday, lets readers express their opinions on a topic or issue raised by the editor. This Week: Are you willing to help police chase crimes? A circular issued by the Ministry of Public Security says traffic police can commandeer vehicles and communication devices in case of an emergency. Some think the rule offers a chance for citizens to help police to crack down on crime and ensure social security. Others are still confused about how they are supposed to know if a requisition is legal, or how and when they will be compensated if the "borrowed" vehicles are damaged. What do you think about this new power? Are traffic police in your country allowed to use citizens' vehicles and communication devices in urgent situations? If yes, what do you do when said vehicles are damaged? What would you do if a police officer wanted to borrow your vehicle or phone? Please reply by email to: [email protected], or by fax to (84-4) 3 … [Read more...] about Are you willing to help police chase crimes?
(Cinet)- A writing contest about marine police and soldiers has attracted professional and amateur writers under 40 years old at home and abroad in HCM City Youth Union. The contest focuses on the lives of marine police and soldiers, and their dreams and challenges. The organizer hopes the competition will find some fresh talents, encourage interaction among writers, and enable the public to enjoy new works. A high-quality work will be introduced to the public through print publications. Those interested should send their work by post to the contest's organising board at 1A Pham Ngoc Thach Street, District 1, HCM City, or by email at [email protected] before October 20, and the prize winners will be announced in December. … [Read more...] about National writing contest about marine police, soldiers opens
The victims later realised that unauthorised transactions in various foreign currencies were made to their credit cards, the police said in press release on Wednesday (Nov 29).The reports were made between October and November this year.In these cases, the victims first received an email supposedly from Apple or iTunes, saying that their accounts were on hold and they would be unable to log in. Following instructions in the email, the victims were advised to click on a link to verify their accounts. This would then lead the user to a page that resembled a genuine Apple website, where they were prompted to enter their personal information and bank account details.Upon receiving a one-time password (OTP) on their mobile phones, the victims were prompted to key the information into the website. They subsequently received an SMS notification that a foreign transaction had been made on their credit cards. Police said that the public should be wary when asked to disclose … [Read more...] about Police warn of fake Apple emails designed to capture your credit card details