Two Thai females were placed under arrest in the Bang Kratong District, Phitsanulok province, yesterday, November 26, following an arrest warrant from the Udon Thani provincial court accusing them of allegedly being involved in defrauding Thai women by pretending to be foreign men in an alleged romance scam worth more than 10 million baht.
Wipavadee Klinprathum, 20, and Kalsuda Puriso, 19, were wanted by the police after they were constantly receiving complaints by victims that had been reportedly scammed via social media chats by a person claiming to be a foreigner, Police Lieutenant General Yanyong Vej-osoth, the commissioner of the Provincial Police Region 4, told the Associated Press.
According to their verdict, the scammers would create impersonation accounts which would display pictures of good-looking foreign men before starting a conversation and building an intimate relationship with potential female victims until the account owners agreed to meet them in Thailand.
Then the alleged scammers would claim that they were detained at the Immigration Bureau and the authorities would confiscate all of their belongings if tax money were not paid. They, therefore, would request their victims to transfer money to their bank account and claimed they would return the money after they met.
The commissioner stated that the latest female victim, originally from Udon Thani, had reportedly transferred a total amount of 439,000 baht to the alleged swindlers before reporting the crime to the provincial police to have the arrest warrant issued.
At least six other victims across the country were found reporting a similar crime and had reportedly lost more than ten million baht to the online scammers, Yanyong added.
Initial investigations disclosed that Wipavadee and Kalsuda were hired by a Thai woman and her Nigerian husband who is currently living in Indonesia and Malaysia. They were reportedly responsible for opening and managing national and international bank accounts used to fool victims into transferring money. They would reportedly receive some of the defrauded money after the scam.
Both young females were detained at Provincial Police Region 4 for legal proceedings. Meanwhile, the police are also conducting an investigation of their alleged employers.
Photo Courtesy: Thairath, INN News
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