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05 December 2010 :: 16:12:34 pm 47321

Chonburi Man Transfers 700,000 Baht To Unknown Accounts In Atm Scam

In a classic ATM scam, a famous Chon Buri boxing commentator was duped into transferring 700,000 baht into the accounts of people he didn’t know.
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Chonburi, 4th of December 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Chon Buri resident, Mr. Kumpol Sutchanchaiyakul, [53], a famous local boxing commentator, reported to Police Deputy Superintendent Lieutenant Colonel Sukthat Phumpunmuang, that he had been the victim of an ATM scam which cost him 700,000 baht

Mr. Kumpol explained that he had received a phone call from no. 02-8319888 which the caller claimed was the number of the DSI (Thailand’s Department of Special Investigations). When asked if he had previously lost his wallet, Mr. Kumpol told the caller that yes, he had lost it once at the Lumpini boxing stadium.

The man on the other end of the line then informed Mr. Kumpol that he was owed 6000 baht to his credit card and that he should check the details at the ATM booth of the Kasikorn Bank in Chon Buri.

Mr. Kumpol said he then rushed to the bank and inserted his ATM card. The voice on the phone then told him to choose English language instructions, to which Mr. Kumpol complied. He then continued to follow the man’s instructions, step by step. He was told not to worry if he received a printed slip, and he should just ignore it.

The ATM did indeed print out a slip which indicated he had just transferred the sum of 500,000 baht into the account of Mr. Weera Thongbai [42], residing at 132, Moo. 3, Donkog, Napoh, Burirum.
Without giving Mr. Kumpol any time to realize something was wrong, the man advised him to do a further transaction. This time he was talked into transferring 200,000 baht into the account of Miss Siriluk Siripeng, [16] residing at 291, Moo. 4, Jaedee Loung, Maesalouy, Chiangrai.

It was at this point that Mr. Kumpol realized he had just transferred 700,000 baht of his money to the accounts of two people he didn’t know and immediately called his bank to freeze his account. But he was too late and the balance of his account was now just over a hundred thousand baht.

Lieutenant Colonel Sukthat recorded the case and brought Mr. Kumpol to meet Pol.Lt.Col. Pongsak Somboon to continue the investigation into the fraudster(s). Initially the names on the two accounts which received the transfers would be traced to see if they had lent their ID cards to anybody, allowing bank accounts to be opened in their names.

Reporter : PDN staff   Category : Crime News

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