The number of victims she scammed is unknown.
When: December 29th, 2020
Where: Khlong Nueng subdistrict, Pathum Thani province
Perpetrator: Ms. Kanokwan Suwankham, 37
Victims: Multiple victims
What: On December 29th, 2020, a variety of Thai police agencies working together arrested Ms. Kanokwan Suwankham, 37, charged with “defrauding property; recruiting workers to work abroad without permission from the Central Employment Registrar.”
The authorities became aware of her activities due to the number of victims who filed complaints. Ms. Kanokwan, the scammer, promised jobs to Korea and Japan with a fee of 20,000 to 50,000 baht per person.
She targeted people who were in financial trouble and promised that when the victim returned to Thailand they’d have a better financial position. She promised that she’d alleviate their trouble during this difficult economic time.
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My take: This story was reported on the Special Service Division website, and I didn’t see it in other Thai press. Although this is the second story I’ve come across of scammers targeting people who wanted to work abroad in the past month.
Taking advantage of people who are already suffering in the current economic climate dries up any sympathy I have for the scammer, if there was any to begin with. If the victims got together and thought of their own scheme for justice, I’d support their decision.
The report did not include how many victims she scammed. Nor does it say if she returned any of the funds to them.
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