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Pattaya Daily News

01 July 2010 :: 10:07:34 am 27936

Transnational ATM Scam Uncovered by Thailand’s DSI

Thailand’s Department of Special Investigations (DSI) on Tuesday announced the arrest of several members of a foreign syndicate operating a scam call center out of Thailand.
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Bangkok, the 29th of June 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: The syndicate aimed at conning people, largely in China, into transferring money into the fraudsters accounts usually to cover some none existent debt.

In a joint operation between Thailand’s DSI, the Ministry of Justice, Immigration Bureau police and Thailand’s CAT Telecom the offenders were apprehended in two separate raids at private residences in Bangna and Srinakarin.

The culprits, largely of Chinese and Taiwanese nationality, were arrested in the process of making internet phone calls to China, in a “boiler room” type scam. Confiscated in the raid were a variety of telephones, mobile phones, computer systems and several other pieces of equipment used to perpetrate the crime.

At present DSI police believe this latest syndicate to be related to another gang arrested for perpetrating a similar scam on Thai nationals late last year. In the previous case scam artists called unsuspecting members of the public pretending to be officers from the Revenue Department eventually initiating a transaction for a fake tax payment.

In conclusion, officers also found evidence that some extremely unsuspicious victims had willingly handed over their ID card information, ATM card information including account name, number and pin code in several cases.

All offenders will now be remanded in police custody awaiting further judicial proceedings to commence.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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