Vietnamese National Charged in Massive Identity Theft Scheme

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Hieu Minh Ngo, 24, a Vietnamese national, was recently indicted in New Hampshire for allegedly participating in a scheme to steal and sell hundreds of thousands of Americans' personally identifiable information (PII) online.

Ngo was arrested on his arrival in the U.S. in February 2013, and has been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, substantive wire fraud, conspiracy to commit identity fraud, substantive identity fraud, aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to commit access device fraud, and substantive access device fraud.

According to the indictment, from 2007 through 2012, Ngo and his co-conspirators acquired and sold packages of PII for more than 500,000 people. The packages, called "fullz," typically included names, birthdates, Social Security numbers, bank account numbers and bank routing numbers.

He and his co-conspirators also allegedly aquired and sold stolen payment card data, including names, addresses, phone numbers, payment card numbers, expiration dates and CVV numbers.

The indictment alleges that Ngo operated several online carder forums where data was offered for sale, including sites where buyers had the option to submit a query for a specific name in order to obtain that person's associated PII.