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Pattaya Daily News

05 December 2010 :: 14:12:40 pm 47247

Thai Facebook Scam Suspect Arrested

A hard up University computer science graduate set up a fake Facebook account using a celebrity’s name and defrauded many victims of several hundred thousand baht.
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Bangkok, the 4th of December 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At 10.00 pm on Saturday, Police Colonel Wattana Yee Jin and his team announced the arrest of Miss Sukanya Saichompoo, [23], on charges of ID theft and fraud.

Miss Sukanya, a computer science graduate, confessed that she had been looking for a job for quite sometime after graduating in 2008, but without success. She then accessed the Chulalongkorn University website and searched for the data of a celebrity or popular student in order to set up a Facebook account using their name.

Miss Sukanya chose the name of Miss Pattarin [Bell] Lapkittikul, [22] a Drum Major of Chulalongkorn University because she was very popular and pretty. By using Miss Pattarin’s photos and profile, Miss Sukanya made a lot of friends through Facebook and asked them for financial help in return for Blackberry phones. She said friends had transferred money to her, with the amounts varying between 30,000 and 130,000 baht, but she never sent the phones. Her victims included some well known Thai artists.

The police managed to arrest the suspect at the Thai-Lao Bridge border, in Nongkai based on warrant no. 1097/2553, issued by North Bangkok, on the 17th June 2010.

Police questioned Mrs. Mookda, [49], the victim’s mother, who had received a summons from the court requesting her daughter to report to the police station. She said she was shocked to learn that her daughter had been accused of cheating people of several hundred thousand baht. Besides that, she said, her daughter had faced several accusations from students at the University. Mother and daughter have now met with police and explained the truth. “I’m so happy that the police can close this case”, the mother said.

Miss Sukanya will be charged with ID theft and fraud.

Reporter : PDN staff   Category : Crime News

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