Police have arrested a wanted suspect in Pattaya who was allegedly involved in running online scams that fooled victims into sending money with promises of merchandise or gifts that were never received.
A team of police led by the Acting Pattaya City Police Chief Colonel Maykawit Praditphon have arrested a suspect following an arrest warrant issued from the Chachoengsao Provincial Court dating from October of last year.
The suspect is being accused of fraud and dishonestly deceiving a person with concealment of the facts. The name and nationality of the suspect, however, were withheld by Pattaya Police stating that releasing this information early could jeopardize further investigations into other members of the alleged scam network. Pattaya Police believe the suspect in custody was not working alone and are attempting to uncover other members of the criminal network.
Colonel Maykawit told The Pattaya News, “The suspect was operating a clothing shop on Facebook. When victims ordered clothes, they had to transfer a deposit of 50 percent to a bank account. After that, the customer was unable to contact the seller and never received the products they have purchased. The suspect would use multiple accounts and delete them once they had a successful mark.”
“The suspect had also contacted numerous victims via the ‘Whatsapp’ application. The suspect claimed that he was a foreign businessman who wants to send a gift to the victims because he was feeling generous and liked them. However, the suspect told the victims they had to transfer a small amount of money for a transfer fee in order to send the gift. Once the transfer fee was sent to the suspect, the suspect deleted his account and vanished, never sending any gifts.” Colonel Maykawit continued.
“Please be aware of these online crimes. There are many victims in similar incidents. Anyone who has been targeted by similar crimes and scams should contact the police immediately at 191.” Colonel Maykawit concluded
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