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Three arrested over call-centre scam

Jan 07. 2018
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By Kornkamon Aksorndech
The Nation

A Taiwanese man and two Thai men accused of working for a call-centre scam gang have been arrested over the weekend, Deputy Tourist Police chief Pol Maj-General Surachet Hakpan told a press conference on Sunday at Bangkok’s Bang Khen Police Station.

Wasitwich Sukbeungbon, 43, wanted for the charges of public fraud, home intrusion at night-time and theft, had allegedly withdrawn cash 40 times from ATMs in Bangkok and Samut Prakan. He was arrested at his home in Bangkok’s Lat Phrao district along with Bt154,000 cash.

Natthapong Trairatanayong, 38, wanted for public fraud and allegedly aiding the withdrawal of stolen money, was nabbed at his rented room in Din Daeng district. 

Taiwanese national Sun Shao Lung, 22, wanted on a public fraud charge, was arrested while allegedly testing an electronic card at an ATM in Muang Samut Prakan, Surachet said.

Police said the three suspects confessed to the crimes while Wasitwich also reportedly confessed to finding other Thais to open bank accounts for the gang, and paying those people Bt7,000 per account.

Surachet said the latest arrests were part of national police chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda’s initiative in establishing a “centre for prevention and suppression of public fraud via phone or electronic media” last month.

The centre has received 226 complaints from victims who claimed to have lost a total of Bt100 million. Its investigations so far have led to the issuing of 44 arrest warrants and arrest of 28 suspects.

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