Vietnam War MIA Scams.
Above Photo: The NVA soldier on the left was killed shortly after this photograph was taken. (Doan Cong Tinh)
Although this is a story with a difference, because the scammed families weren’t American but Vietnamese, looking for their war dead.
I read recently that police in the north-central province of Quang Tri arrested a couple for cheating Vietnamese families out of the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of US$, by pretending to be telepaths helping to find the remains of their Vietnam War dead.
According to police, the couple allegedly made up tombs with fake remains and then told the families of war dead that the remains belonged to their relatives, charging each family around 5,000$ for each set of remains found. According to police, one of the perpetrators used to be a police officer but was dismissed for fraud.
He and his wife marketed themselves as telepaths to MIA families across Vietnam.
They were preying on the importance in Vietnamese culture for families to find the remains of relatives who die a violent death and whose grave sites are unknown, because they aren’t believed to be at peace until they’re discovered and properly buried.
Vietnam is still searching for the remains of approximately 300,000 soldiers listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War (although the number may be far higher), and the countryside is littered with cemeteries full of the graves of unknown soldiers from the war.
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