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Couple arrested while trying to use Japanese tourist’s credit card

May 11. 2018
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By The Nation

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A couple were arrested after failing in an attempt to purchase a smartphone using a Japanese tourist’s credit card they had found at an ATM machine in Bangkok.

Pimolphan Saengprathoom, 44, and Wuthanusorn Supharp, 33, were arrested at a shopping mall on Rama 4 road in Bangkok’s Khlong Toey district at 10pm on Thursday by a patrol policeman from the Thong Lor station.

The two attempted to buy a Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone with the Mastercard credit card but despite six tries, Pimolphan’s signature failed to match that on the back of the card.

The cashier then sent out a security officer to alert police. The security officer spotted the policeman patrolling the area and led the officer to arrest the couple, who were then taken to the Thong Lor police station.

Wuthanusorn told police that he found the card at an ATM machine on Soi Sukhumvit 4 at 11pm, and after he gave it to Pimolphan, the couple decided to shop for expensive goods to resell. They started with the phone.

Police later contacted the owner of the card to retrieve it at the station.

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