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By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
January 3, 2011
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is cracking down on a
international criminal ring, based in Vietnam, that is thought to have
stolen hundreds of millions of dollars from online merchants using
hacking and identity theft.
Last month, agents from the DHS's Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) investigations unit raided the home of two Vietnamese exchange
students at Minnesota's Winona State University, seizing documents and
According to an affidavit filed in support of the search warrant in this
case, the students, Tram Vo and Khoi Van, made more than $1.2 million
selling software, videogames and Apple gift cards on eBay, and then
shipping buyers products that they'd purchased with stolen credit card
The scam that Vo and Van are accused of has become a big problem for
U.S. merchants, according to the affidavit, which was unsealed last
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