Chonburi, Thailand –
Thailand Immigration Bureau officers have arrested a Thai woman in the Mueang Chonburi district after an African national reported they had paid 35,000 to an alleged scammer for Alternative State Quarantine in Thailand.
The Thailand Immigration Bureau reports they were notified from ‘Ms. Nicole’ that her African son wanted to enter Thailand.
They contacted what they thought was an ASQ (Alternative State Quarantine) hotel room in Thailand via an internet advertisement.
The suspect sent them an e-mail asking them to pay 35,000 Baht for the ASQ in advance and claimed that she was a hotel manager.
Ms. Nicole transferred the money into a bank account the suspect gave. Ms Nicole realized later that it was not the proper ASQ hotel process and that after transferring the money the suspect became unreachable.
Thai Immigration Officers found that Ms. Amy (no further name given), the suspect, had withdrawn the full amount of transferred money from the bank account in question. She is also a wanted suspected for an Ayutthaya arrest warrant in October last year, also for alleged fraud.
Officers traced down and found the woman was in the Sanesuk sub-district, in Chonburi.
Ms. Amy reportedly admitted she is a member of a gang of scammers who received 1,000 baht per day for her work. It is unclear if she identified the other members of the gang or cooperated with officers.
Amy was arrested and was being taken back to the Bang Pa-in Police Station in the Ayutthaya province, North of Bangkok for further legal action while the investigation continues.
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