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Investigation into alleged iPhone fraud expands

Investigation into alleged iPhone fraud expands

The fake phone vendor gang accused of being behind the suicide of a 19-year-old student earlier this week has defrauded at least four other people, three of them in Bangkok, according to the cybercrime investigators.

The Cyber Crime Investigation Division 5 (CCID5) questioned Dokkaew Kaewjerm, 22, yesterday after seizing him on suspicion of being a part of the fraud ring that led a Mathayom 6 (Grade 12) student to hang herself.

The student wired 20,500 baht to the gang-run shop to purchase an iPhone, but the phone was never delivered.

She hanged herself on Monday at her Nakhon Si Thammarat home because of fear that her mother could chastise her for being conned. The transfers were made to Ms. Dokkaew’s bank account, according to the police.

Ms. Dokkaew, who was apprehended in Chaiyaphum, claimed she was paid for 300 baht to open the mule account, but the police do not trust her, according to Pol Maj Gen Charin Kopatta, the CCID5 commander, who said yesterday that she is not being believed. She also has at least two additional bank accounts, according to checks.

According to the commander, Ms. Dokkaew’s money trail showed that four additional people had made deposits into her account. Four people reside in Nakhon Si Thammarat, with three living in Bangkok’s Huai Khwang, Hua Mak, and Bukkalo neighborhoods.

Fraud and breaking the law on computer crime are the charges against Ms. Dokkaew. Three further suspects are the subjects of arrest warrants as well.


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