The arrests were made in collaboration with Seoul and Hong Kong police.
“The gang was allegedly running a company called Timbermate and selling face masks and thermal scanners via the Echo Sport shop,” said Pol General Suwat Jangyodsuk, deputy National Police chief and director of the Technology Crime Suppression Division.
“They also ran a website to sell these products to foreigners.
“One South Korean national and two Hong Kong people filed complaints with the Royal Thai Police's Foreign Affairs Division that they had transferred more than US$400,000 or about Bt12 million to the company for face masks, but did not receive the products.
“Police began tracking down the suspects from August 31 and caught them in Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham and Kalasin provinces,” he added.
“The suspects include three men and a woman all from Cameroon and three Thai women. Officials also confiscated more than 150 items in their possession, such as computers, laptops, mobile phones, bank passbooks, ATM cards, cars, face masks, thermal scanners and Bt6.14 million in cash.”
The suspects face several charges, including fraud, money laundry, uploading false information online, working without a work permit and overstay.
To report scams or technology related crimes, call the Technology Crime Suppression Division at 1155 and 1599.
Published : September 04, 2020
By : THE NATION