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Five Malaysians arrested at Bangkok hotel over call-centre scam

Jan 05. 2018
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By The Nation

Police arrested five Malaysian men at a Bangkok hotel early Friday and charged them with being members of a call-centre scam gang.

Tourist Police deputy commissioner Pol Maj-General Surachet Hakpal led tourist police and Huay Kwang police to make the arrest at the Ambience Suite Hotel on Soi Sukhumvit 33 in Bangkok’s Vadhana district.

The five were identified as Cheng Koon, 30, Libet Kading, 44, Alkat Anak Jawang, 35, Cyrill Aquinas Anak Tinggie, 21, and Bubby Anak Briyin, 21.

Police seized several passbooks, credit cards, mobile phones and transaction slips from them.

Surachet said they had previously arrested another Malaysian man, from whom they obtained information that led police to the five suspects.

He said the five were found to frequently enter Thailand. The investigation has centred on Tan for allegedly gathering money transferred from victims to several bank accounts opened under the name of Thais and then remitted out of the kingdom.

The transaction showed he had just wired Bt1.2 million out of the country, Surachet added.

He said Thais who were hired to open bank accounts for them have closed some accounts. Police will check the accounts that remain active to try to net the remaining scammers, Surachet added.

He added that the district office woulld take action against the hotel for operating without a licence and for building an extension on the building without legal permits

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