The Ho Chi Minh City Investigative Police Bureau have charged Nigerian Olagbegi Olaniyi Olwwsegun, 35, with storing, transporting, and circulating fake papers.
Olagbegi entered Viet Nam on a tourist visa, according to police. After his visa expired, Olagbegi illegally stayed in the country and worked as a male prostitute.
Olagbegi joined a ring that produced fake credit cards. Olagbegi and his accomplices used the cards to make payments at shops or withdraw money from banks.
On March 19, Olagbegi and another member in the ring went to An Binh, a cell phone stand in Maximark Supermarket at 15-17 Cong Hoa Street in Tan Binh District, to buy two Nokia cell phones worth VND23 million. For payment, they offered a Mastercard bearing the name Paul Smith.
Unsure whether or not the card was genuine, the salesclerk, Mr. Do Van Hao, requested that Olagbegi to produce his passport so that he could check his personal details.
Olagbegi suddenly snatched the card from Mr. Hao’s hand and ran away. Mr. Hao shouted for help and security guards at the supermarket ran after Olagbegi and nabbed him.
Olagbegi was recognized by other salesclerks because he had bought three cell phones worth more than VND42 million from a nearby shop using a fake Mastercard on the previous day.
The deal went smoothly and the salesclerk accepted the card without suspecting anything. Olagbegi and his accomplice immediately ran away with their three stolen cell phones.
The police searched Olagbegi and seized a fake credit card, a copy of the passport in the name of Paul Smith. While searching Olagbegi’s home at Thu Duc District, the police seized three other credit cards issued by various banks and bearing different cardholder names, two expired passports, two checks valued at US$500 each and dozens of SIM cards.
Nigerian Busted with Fake Mastercard