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Thursday, July 22, 2021

6 Charges Across Thailand for Various Computer Crimes and Online Fraud

Crimes include: defrauding through impersonation; illegal online gambling schemes; and selling merchandise that was never delivered

A chart outlining the online gambling network.

When: December 1st, 2020

Where: Multiple provinces

Perpetrators: Multiple scammers

Victims: Hundreds

What: The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, in accordance with directives from the Prime Minister of Thailand, have launched investigations across the country to combat computer crime and online fraud.

The 6 cases that have been reported so far breakdown as follows:

  • A scammer, Miss Piyaporn, 29, persuaded more than 100 victims to join a ponzi-scheme sharing group, promising high returns. There were more than 100 victims, with damages valued at more than 10 million baht. She surrendered in Chiang Mai at the Saraphi police station.
  • A scammer, Mr. Thongpun, 29, used fake profile photos to open a Facebook account to defraud over 100 people. He sent messages out asking to borrow money, pretending to be somebody that was known to the victims. There were more than 100 victims and the damages totaled more than 170,000 baht.
  • A scammer, Ms. Charoennet, 34, defrauded 48 people by posting brand-name products on a Facebook page called Celebrity Brandname. They sold 5.2 million baht worth of product, which was never delivered.
  • A scammer, Mr. Khunthong, 24, and Mr. Phoka, 25, tricked people using Line app to send them money. No further details provided.
  • In Chiang Rai, two online gambling sites were taken down. 15 people were arrested.
  • In Udon Thani, two online gambling websites were taken down. 16 people were arrested, and a bank account valued at 15 million baht was seized.

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My take: The financial scams and schemes around Thailand are varied. They impact the most vulnerable in society, who have the most to lose. Education is the best way to combat these scams. If you have a Thai partner or friend that’s looking to invest in a share group, or buy cheap brand-name goods, do everything you can to steer them clear.

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