On Wednesday, police announced that they had detained four foreign nationals on suspicion of running a phone scam that defrauded their fellow citizens of over 9.5 billion baht by deceiving them into emptying their pockets.
Following a tip from Taiwanese and Japanese authorities, two men from Taiwan and two men from Japan were taken into custody in the provinces of Samut Sakhon and Krabi, according to deputy police commissioner Surachate Hakparn. The perpetrators allegedly pretended to be police authorities or bank workers and used fake information about the victims’ debts to trick them into sending money.
According to Pol. Gen. Surachate, the syndicate is thought to be headed by guys from Taiwan who handle bank accounts and enlist Japanese citizens in the fraud, which is carried out out of a residence in the province of Samut Sakhon. According to police, the elaborate fraud defrauded over 17,500 Japanese citizens of 9.5 billion baht.
More persons are reportedly involved in the scam, according to police, who also reported that scam manuals in Chinese and Japanese, computers, electronic cards, and cell phones were taken from the residence.