Police bust ring faking Tet train tickets

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Police bust ring faking Tet train tickets

Police in Ho Chi Minh City have cracked down on a ring producing fake train tickets for train trips departing from Saigon during Tet (Lunar New Year), detaining two suspects and 55 counterfeit tickets.

3 One of the fake train tickets seized by HCMC police Photo: VnExpress

The police have yet to reveal personal details of the two suspects, who were arrested yesterday.

On January 9, a woman arrived at the terminal to return a ticket for the SE16 train on the HCMC – Vinh route. After screening the returned ticket on a scanner, the terminal staff found signs of counterfeit, and then secretly informed the station and police, said Nguyen Van Thanh, deputy head of the station.

After questioning the woman, the District 3 police launched in investigation and two days they arrested two people who confessed they belonged to a ring that had faked tickets for Tet train trips.

The police seized from them 55 fake tickets and a USB drive that contained about 100 samples of fake tickets for various routes.

Thanh warned all passengers that such fake tickets are nearly the same as genuine ones, so they cannot be identified visually.

They can only be detected by scanners; therefore, passengers should not buy any tickets sold by anyone outside the terminal, he advised.

On January 14, the station will set up eight inspection teams to check tickets from passengers at the terminal to detect and seize fake tickets, he said.

The police are continuing with their investigation to track down other members of the ring.

The Lunar New Year falls on January 23, 2012.

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