Hundreds of Suspects Arrested Last Year in Thailand in Online Crimes Crackdown

Thailand –

Hundreds of suspects were arrested in an online crimes crackdown with almost 120,000 numbers shutdown from call center scammers last year.

The Digital Economy and Society (DES) Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn revealed the statistics today (January 11th):

  • 166 suspects arrested in call center scams.
  • 118,530 numbers of SMS and call center numbers from scammers were shutdown.
  • 58,463 bank accounts from scammers were seized.
  • Eight social media groups from scammers were shutdown.
  • 673 suspects were arrested in 657 cases of online investment scams.
  • 461 suspects were arrested in 318 cases of illegal online gambling
  • 1,830 illegal online gambling websites were shutdown.
  • 270 suspects arrested in 263 cases of online shopping scams.

“There are many more of these digital crimes. Especially online gambling websites which are legally operated in other countries. These websites are easy to access. We are continuing to crackdown on these online and digital crimes.” Chaiwut stated.

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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.