Pattaya Daily News

11 September 2010 :: 11:09:51 am 38044

Scam Gang Busted in Pattaya

Chonburi and Pattaya police rounded up a gang of Taiwanese and Chinese nationals in Chonburi on Friday. Authorities raided a house in Sriracha, arresting the 18 individuals, believed to have been perpetrating a scam for over 10 million baht using mobile phones and the internet, obtaining their booty via ATM machines.
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Pattaya, the 10th of September 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 4 pm on Friday, Police Colonel Teerapol Jindaloung, Chonburi’s Deputy Commissioner, along with Colonel Nunthawut Suwanla-ong (Pattaya Police Superintendent) and Police Lieutenant Colonel Taratep Tupanich, Pattaya Deputy Superintendent and their teams, executed a search and arrest warrant on residential houses nos. 188/50,188/70 and 188/165, Boulevard Village, Moo.1, Nongkam, Sriracha, Chonburi.

A warrant was issued on the premises following various reports claiming that the location was being used as a base for an illegal call-center scamming operation. Allegedly, a group of largely Taiwanese nationals had been scamming people of their their own nationalities.

The three 2- storey townhouses were built in a row on a piece of land of around 100 SQW. Each townhouse has three bedrooms upstairs and the downstairs area was being used as offices.

The officers arrested 18 suspects (10 Taiwanese males, 7 Chinese females and 1 male Chinese). Police confiscated some 4 notebooks, 12 telephones, 12 mobile phones, 3 VOIP transmitting machine, two printers, wireless Internet cards, internet modems, routers, ATM cards and 8 bankbooks.

Police Major General Niwat, Deputy Commissioner, Legion 2, revealed that Mr. Tu His Chang, [30] and Mr. Liu Cheng Hsiang, [33] were the leaders of this mainly Taiwanese gang. They are one of the biggest call-centre gangs in Thailand.

They normally scam people by phone, falsely claiming that they were from The Revenue Department or some other plausible source in order to get victims to transfer money to them through ATM machines. They claimed this was to pay outstanding taxes or to pay for the transactions fee for some fictitious reward the victim had won.

The police also said the Call Center Gangs were very good at organizing Thai accomplices. This gang entered Thailand on tourist visas and were renting the accommodation through a Thai Agency. The head of this operation lives in Taiwan.

The public are warned to beware of a group of Taiwanese or Chinese people renting houses together and who are arranging multiple internet lines or wireless connections. Anyone having information or suspicions should inform the local police immediately.

Initially, all suspects have now been sent to the Chonburi immigration police Center to await contact with Interpol from China. Investigations into the scam by Pattaya and Chonburi authorities are continuing.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Crime News

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