Many cabbies have been coordinating with multiple groups of intermediaries to con and overcharge passengers at airports across Vietnam. A probe by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper has revealed the alarming situation at various airdromes in the Southeast Asian nation, including Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City and Noi Bai in Hanoi. The frauds have been carried out both secretly and in front of airport security guards. On the afternoon of March 28, Le Hoang Phuc, 40, who resides in District 12, and his group of more than 10 middlemen were preying on passengers at the domestic terminal of Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Phuc approached a man who had just got off his flight from Hanoi and asked if he wanted a cheap taxi. He stated that a journey from the airdrome to the Mekong Hospital, which is only one kilometer away, would cost VND250,000 (US$11). Le Hoang Phuc at Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Photo: Tuoi Tre As the commuter hesitated, Nguyen Hung, a member of Phuc’s gang, joined in the conversation and offered a ride VND150,000 ($7). “Do not trust the others. You cannot have a better price,” Hung added. After a deal was reached, Hung made… Read full this story
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