Sixteen Chinese Nationals Arrested in Call Center Scam Raid in Pattaya

Banglamung –

Sixteen Chinese nationals were arrested after police raided a villa in Nongprue conducting what police described as a call center scam.

The Region 2 Police told the Pattaya News that on Saturday (September 2nd) they raided a villa following a tip that was rented by Chinese nationals for more than three months.

There were in total four houses in the villa area where 16 Chinese, composed of 12 men and four women, were found working online as a team. Police seized many computers and mobile phones.

A Thai woman who identified herself as the house keeper, Ms. Pannarai Wongsut, told police that she was hired as a maid for 7,000 baht a month. She cleaned the villa and bought food for them. The Chinese workers received about 49,000 baht per month for their salary but other than that she knew nothing and was not aware of who they were working for or who paid them.

A villa security guard identified only as Mr. Petch told police that he did not know what the Chinese were doing and that it wasn’t his job to pry into people’s personal lives. Petch stated that the group mostly stayed inside the villa for about three months, rarely venturing outside, sending the maid to run almost every errand and purchase food.

The Region 2 Police are continuing their investigation for further legal action and to identify the bosses behind the call centre scam, although there is some suspicion that other individuals involved may be in China.

Goongnang Suksawat
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 five years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some 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.