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Police issue an alert as scams increase

Police issue an alert as scams increase

According to deputy government spokesman Karom Phonphonklang on Thursday, more than 365,000 scam instances have been reported in the last 18 months, with a total loss of 45 billion baht.

He said it in response to the total number of complaints listed on “thaipoliceonline.com”. The Royal Thai Police (RTP) provided the data, which spans from March 1 of last year to September 30 of this year.

Users of the police website filed 365,547 complaints about scams, according to the data. 45.7 billion baht worth of harm was done overall, and 167,347 mule accounts totaling 11.25 billion baht have been frozen.

According to Mr. Karom, there were 100,694 cases of online shopping fraud, totaling 1.9 billion baht in losses.

Other common scams included those involving loans (33,517 cases), investments (22,740 cases), call center threats (20,474 cases), impersonating other people to induce money transfers (9,664 cases), and tricking victims into sending money for a reward (8,697 cases).

Following these were romance scams (2,167 incidents), digital asset fraud (1,229 cases), computer hacking (79 cases), and online shopping fraud (8,107 cases). Victims were also tricked into installing suspicious apps (4,786 cases), entering false data into computer systems (2,972 cases), and romance scams.

Mr. Karom warned people to use caution while dealing with con artists as they are increasingly using sophisticated methods to deceive their victims. Despite the government’s advice that citizens strengthen their cybersecurity, many people continue to be victims.

Mr. Karom issued a warning about phony online complaint websites that attempt to get users to click on dubious links. According to him, the only way for people to lodge complaints is through the “thaipoliceonline.com” website.

For more information, consumers can call the “1441” hotline or “081-866-3000” in addition to the RTP’s website.

While trying to smuggle 13.5 million baht in cash into Cambodia on Thursday, Saruon Loem, a 41-year-old Cambodian, was apprehended by Sa Kaeo Provincial Police and Klong Luk Police at the Rong Kluea border market in Aranyaprathet district of Sa Kaeo.

According to the police, he stated he was employed by a fellow countryman named Mr Pia to receive and transport cash from a Thai bank manager. He claimed that his monthly salary was 10,000 baht.

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