Suspects in alleged BOT scam arrested
Assistant Governor of the Bank of Thailand’s Legal Group Pruettipong Srimachand announced on Friday that the Crime Suppression Division has arrested 10 suspects on fraud charges.
The suspects allegedly persuaded their victims to invest Bt1,000 in their foreign currency transfer business, claiming that investors would receive up to Bt1 million in return.
On June 19, the BOT issued a warning about the operation of such individuals who claimed to be affiliated with the bank, had illegally used the bank’s symbol and forged the signature of BOT’s governor in their documents. The bank has also filed document forgery charges with the Royal Thai Police and confirmed that the arrested suspects belong to the same gang as the one it had warned about earlier.
BOT cautioned citizens against believing individuals claiming to be officials of the Bank who make contact either via telephone, e-mail or Line application to report an irregularity in the person’s saving account, and then advise the person to transfer money to their account as a fee to fix the reported mistake.
The central bank advises citizens to verify with the organization of which the individuals claim to be officers before making any transaction. For additional assistance, contact Financial Consumer Protection Center via hotline 1213.