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23 July 2009 :: 10:07:23 am 35851

Fraud Money Transfer Gang Considers Thailand A Safe Haven,: Police Fraud Money Transfer Gang Considers Thailand A Safe Haven,: Police

BANGKOK, July 22 A senior Taiwan police officer said Taiwanese and Chinese criminal elements involved in international money transfer fraud are using Thailand as a base because their authorities in Taipei could not track financial data trails regarding money transfers sent to Thailand.
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On Tuesday, 94 Taiwan and Chinese nationals were arrested in Chiang Mai as members of the money transfer fraud gang.

Taipei police officer Jay Li, head of the Police Liaison Division, Economic and Cultural Office (Thailand), said that the 94 people arrested in Chiang Mai, chose Thailand as their base because they consider the country is a safe haven and the Taiwan police could not research information on the transfer when funds were sent to Thailand.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s modern telecommunication system facilitated their ill-intended mission.

Mr. Li warned the Thai public and international residents in Thailand to be wary of telephone calls claiming to be from banks or government agencies requesting financial transactions via automatic teller machines (ATMs).

He explained that no real financial institutions have policies to conduct transactions via ATM or telephone as used by those doing the scams.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s Deputy Police Chief Pol. Gen. Jumpol Manmai said the culprits hired telephone networks from private companies and used tricky methods to copy their phone numbers to government offices and banks.

Gang members telephone prospective victims in China and Taiwan and lie that they won rewards or received tax refunds. With such come-ons, they lured the victims to transfer money to their accounts through ATMs.

According to Gen. Jumpol, the gang cashed in Bt23 billion of illegal transferred money to their accounts. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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