The scammer used facebook ads to generate leads.
When: December 3rd, 2020
Where: Nong Prue police station, Kanchanaburi province
Perpetrators: Online scammers
Victims: 90+ marks
What: An investigation, which started in October 2019, into an online scam that fleeced over 90 victims is back in the news. Victims of the scheme are stoking police at the Nong Prue police station in Kanchanaburi province after the investigation went cold for over a year. Victims took the matter in their own hands, tracking down the scammer on Facebook, only to find that they’d fled the country and lived a luxuriously abroad.
One victim, who was taken for over 200,000 baht, shared the details of the scam. They responded to Facebook ads that offered high dividend yields in gold and forex investments. Of course, they never paid off. The scammer got away with millions.
Victims advise others that would listen to not be fooled with get-rich-quick schemes, and turn instead to traditional, solid gold.
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My take: I want to know how culpable Facebook is in approving ads that were fraudulent. It is uncomfortably easy to run Facebook ads for nearly anything to any audience. If one’s mind bent in a devious direction, there’s plenty of opportunity for manipulation for profit on the platform.