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Pattaya Daily News

09 August 2010 :: 11:08:18 am 34785

Relentless Phone Scam Gangs on the Rise in Thailand

Thai residents are being warned, in new proactive campaigns, of a new breed of telephone scam gangs that are plaguing the nation. The success of these gangs is directly resulted to a relatively uneducated public in regards to this type of crime.
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Bangkok, the 8th of August 2010: Bank of Thailand (BoT) senior specialist Kamthon Prasertsom revealed that deceiving money transfer gangs were on the rise in Thailand with over 1,500 people having been a victim to such crimes so far in 2010.

The scammers, usually setup using multiple phone lines and internet access points, call unassuming citizens and coerce them into transferring an amount of money into their accounts. Usually the scam entails the offender claiming to be a bank representative or officers from the Revenue & Customs Department.

Mr. Prasertsom revealed that in total 1,672 people had filed reports over such scams, with 31 victims losing more than Bt4 million each. Actual figures on the spread of the scam are harder to attain as many of the victims may not have realised they have been scammed or are reluctant to report the incident to police, for fear of “losing face.”

At present, all reports received by the BoT are being forwarded to the Royal Thai Police Bureau (RTPB) for investigation. Thailand’s central bank, the police and government agencies are now formulating various public awareness strategies to combat the spread of this type of crime.

Currently, warning messages are displayed on ATM screens and broadcast on national television networks and radio stations, but they are deemed not sufficient to reach the whole population. Warning SMS messages are now being formulated, as mobile phones have been involved in the majority of cases.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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