We stayed at a hostel in Da Lat
called Da Lat Friendly Fun Hostel as it had good reviews and was cheap. We arranged a monthly rate with her as we decided to stay in Da Lat for one month for 265 USD for two of us. The owner took photos of our passports. One week after we checked out, I received a message from her on Facebook, she had found me on it. She stated that she had video footage of my boyfriend stealing all her money from her room. This was total lies. She said she will go to immigration and police with the cctv and fingerprints and make sure we have problems leaving the country if we don’t pay her by 2 days. She sent a bank account that wasn’t even in her name. She said she has my passport details so she will post them online publicly. I told her to go to the police as we have nothing to hide and there cannot possibly be cctv of what she is accusing. She then changed her tune and said if I don’t pay her then she will message all my friends. She did in fact message a lot of my friends asking for mine and my boyfriend’s address to forward on belongings that we left behind. I blocked her on facebook but could not believe a reputable hostel would use our passport details that she scanned at check in to tey and extort us. Obviously we haven’t and aren’t going to wire her money. She is still messaging my friends with different stories trying to get more personal information from them. No one is responding to her as it’s an obvious scam. Not a scam that I have heard of in Vietnam, but just be careful who you allow to scan your passport at check in. Definitely do not let any Vietnamese person take hold of your passport. She thought we were rich westerners as we paid her cash for 350 USD for a 5 week stay and waters. She was so nice to us during our stay and never said a bad word and smiled a lot. She is so deceiving, I’ve lost my faith in the Vietnamese. Da Lat was the last place we expected to be blackmailed. We are two backpackers on a 6 week trip in Vietnam and decided to stay in Da Lat as we could not be bothered with all the hassling on the streets of Hanoi and HCMC. Never going back to the country. They have such a hate for westerners. Just be aware with allowing places to take your personal information.