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Man cheated brother in Vietnam kidnap ruse

Jul 11, 2019 - The Straits Times (Singapore)

He needed cash to repay his debts, so a man lied to his younger brother in a text message, claiming that he was being held hostage in Vietnam.

Singaporean Vincent Lau Boon Kiat, 29, also told Mr Lau Wei Jun, 24, that his purported kidnappers would release him only after receiving US$15,000 (S$20,420).

Mr Lau alerted the authorities on Feb 27 and an operation was launched involving 50 officers from the Singapore Police Force (SPF).

The police here also liaised with Vietnam In...