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22 May 2009 :: 14:05:24 pm 9156

Thai Lady Duped By ‘Black Money’ Scam In Pattaya

At 8:00 am on the 21st May 2009 police were summoned by a Thai woman who had detained a foreign man in central Pattaya. She claimed the man had borrowed 500,000 baht and was attempting to cheat her with a “Black Money” scam.
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Police Lieutenant Colonel Tanagrit Lapittisun and his team went to an area near the Carrefour shopping centre in Central Pattaya where they found Miss Nid (alias) and her husband who were holding a 37-year-old Cameroon national, Mr. Frank Nya (37).

Mr. Nya had a black suitcase which contained many bank note sized black paper sheets together with some white cotton and white powder which Mr. Nya had claimed he used to change the black paper into real bank notes. Mr. Frank Nya was also carrying a shoulder bag containing his clothes.

Miss Nid told the police that she had previously met Mr. Frank Nya in Konkaen province. He had told her that he had run away from the war in his country to live in Pattaya. She claimed he had borrowed 500,000 baht from her assuring her he had the means to make fake bank notes. He told her the items he needed to do this were being held at the American embassy in Bangkok and he promised he would pay her back double [over one million baht]. Miss Nid believed him and gave him the money.

Miss Nid went on to say that she and her husband had made an appointment with Mr. Nya in Pattaya. When they eventually met he said he wanted more money – 1000 US dollars in cash. By this point, Miss Nid and her husband realized that they were being cheated and would never get their money back. Miss Nid then called the police.

Initially, police officials arrested Mr. Nya and brought him to the police station for further questioning. Police revealed that they knew of a “Black Money” gang operating in Pattaya which had carried out a similar scam several times before, but had so far been unable to obtain any further details. It is hoped the arrest of the Cameroon man will help with their investigations.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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