Pattaya Daily News

22 August 2010 :: 12:08:23 pm 36091

Real Estate Scam Nets Bt500,000 from Elderly Thai Woman

An elderly Thai lady has reported to Pattaya Police on Saturday after she became the victim of a real estate scam, losing Bt500,000 to a group of devious fraudsters.
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Pattaya, the 21st of August 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 1:00pm on Saturday, Colonel Nunthawut Suwanla-ong (Pattaya Police Superintendent) was notified of real estate scam, perpetrated on an elderly Thai lady in Thepprasit. A team of officers was dispatched to an unnamed photo shop along Thepprasit Road, where the victim had reported the incident.

At the scene, Mrs. Lamyai Chat-in [62] was waiting to give her statement to police. She explained that a gang of three Thai people (2 men and 1 woman) had deceived her over a land acquisition in Jomtien, conning her into handing over Bt500,000 for the purchase of the property before fleeing while she was inside the nearby photo shop.

Reportedly, Mrs Chat-in had enacted the services of the group, who had announced themselves as the agent of a small property along Jomtien Beach Road that she was interested in buying. Having agreed a purchase price of Bt500,000 for the premises, Mrs. Chat-in duly handed over Bt500,000 to the offenders at the Tesco-Lotus shopping mall on the corner of Thepprasit and Sukhumvit Roads.

Mrs. Chat-in was then taken to the local photo shop in order to obtain several photocopies of relevant (forged) land documents before she was expecting to meet the owner of the property to finalise the deal. The offenders subsequently fled the scene with the money, while Mrs. Chat-in was inside the shop.

Investigative officers have obtained clear CCTV footage of the female offender and their vehicles registration plate (a maroon car) from the Tesco-Lotus security cameras. Police will now proceed with investigations in an attempt to apprehend the offenders, urging all citizens to be diligent in their real estate dealings due to the prevalence of such scams.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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