Gay Thai Man Fooled into Money TransferA gay Thai man was fooled into a money transfer by an American man and Thai woman. After transferring the money he realised he had been tricked.
PATTAYA – June 4,2015 [PattayaDailyNews]; at 13.00 pm Pol.Maj.Jirapat Boonnam-inspector of Pattaya police station- was notified by Mr Jettarin Boonmarong age 21 that he had been tricked by a Thai and foreigner to transfer money.
Mr Jetarin revealed that he had been looking on a gay couple website and met a man called Mr Richard Edward aged 32 from America who said he was a businessman and after talking to him for a while he said that he wanted to invest in a gay bar in Pattaya.
On June 3rd at 11.00 am Mr Richard called Mr Jetarin and said that he had arrived at Phuket airport but had been detained by immigration because he had $300,000 which was over the amount allowed into the country and was fined 75,000 baht, but he only paid 50,000 baht leaving 25,000 remaining. Mr Richard then told him to speak to a Thai woman who pretended to work for immigration who told him to transfer the remaining 25,000 baht to the Kasikorn bank Phuket branch immediately, so he transferred the money into the account of Ms.Wanpen Sameepet.
Mr Jetarin then said that the woman told him to transfer another 7,000 baht otherwise Mr Richard would not be released. Therefore, he transferred the money. Later he didn’t get a call from Mr Richard and when he rang him there was no answer. He then spotted a warning sign on the Internet about this type of fraud and decided to notify the police.
The police officers and Transnational Crime Coordination Centre are now checking bank accounts, phone numbers and the pictures to hunt for the fraudsters.