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08 June 2012 :: 08:06:06 am 64179

BKK Call ‘Center Scam’ Gang Drove British Soldier To Commit Suicide

Bangkok police arrested a 'call center' scam gang operating from a rented house on Sukhumvit road. The gangs modus operandi: entice the victims to reveal their personal information and transfer their money to the scammers' bank account. One of the victims an ex-British soldier lost his saving and killed himself.
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BANGKOK – June 6, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; Pol. Maj. Gen. Pisit Pisutsak, Deputy Commissioner, Pol. Col. Piyawat Boonyeunanon, Superintendent and Pol. Col. Naphunvuth Thonglor police station arrested ten foreigners members of an international ‘ call center’ gang operating from a rented house at 138/9 Soi Sukhumvit 39, Bangkok.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Pisit said that the police had been informed by the British embassy that a group of foreigners had cheated money from a retired British soldier who later committed suicide in desperation over his lost life savings.

The ‘call center’ gang of foreigners had entered into Thailand as tourists. At the Sukhumvit Soi 39 house their day-to-day work was split into three groups: the first group made random phone calls to the victims; the second group persuaded the victims to invest money into the scam and the third group was responsible for the transfer of money into their bank account.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Pisit said that the police armed with an arrest warrant found the suspects at work in a sound proof room with many telephones and computers. The police also found scripts used by the scammers to lure the victims transferring money to dubious accounts. The police seized all suspected items as evidence.

Upon investigation, the suspects claimed that a foreign investor had hired them do the website but they didn’t know that it was a call center scam operation.

They said the investor had rented the house for more than six months at a price of 80,000 THB per month.

Initially, the gang was charged with working illegally in the Kingdom.

The police will coordinate with the related embassies to investigate and prosecute the ‘call center’ scam gang according to the Thai law.

Category : Crime News

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