Members of the public are warned to be on the lookout for online scammers who will use five well-known techniques to prey on potential victims during the Songkran holiday next week.
Pol Lt-Col Noppawan Panya, deputy spokesperson for the Royal Thai Police, stated today (Saturday) that they include the following:
Promising to sell air conditioners, electric fans, or air purifiers on the condition that buyers transfer payment first, but then refusing to deliver the goods. Alternatively, clients pay for goods upon delivery only to discover that they are substandard or not the same as represented.
Providing package tours for domestic or international vacations on the condition that buyers pay in advance. The tour operators vanish after receiving their cash.
Providing cheap or free airline tickets or discounted electricity rates in exchange for clients downloading their applications and entering personal information such as ID card numbers, phone numbers, or birth dates. Customers quickly notice that money has vanished from their accounts after downloading the program.
Employment opportunities for students throughout their long vacations, as well as investment opportunities with high returns. If the target accepts the offers, the money will be lost by transferring it to the scammers.
Offers for low-interest loans or employment with the need that anyone interested send money to the scammers to “show that they can service the loans.”