News : Police Detain 49 in Phone Scam
Nov 19, 2014 -- Police arrested 15 Chinese and 34 Taiwanese in the northern province of Chiang Mai on Wednesday for operating a phone scam victimising Chinese people on the mainland.
The suspects were rounded up at house number 215 in Ban Pa Phai village of Pa Phai sub-district in San Sai district. One suspect managed to get away.
Police said the suspects worked in three teams. The first team phoned people at random to find potential victims and their weaknesses. Then the second team moved in and claimed to be anti-money laundering authorities and accused the victims of being involved in money laundering.
The third team pretended they were high-ranking officials and lured victims into transferring money to their gang.
Police said the suspects had various versions of scripts to apply to different kinds of victims. They had rented the house from a foreign engineer for four months to operate the fraudulent call centre and paid a monthly rent of 80,000 baht.
Chinese authorities had informed Thai police of the IP addresses of the gang and the information led to the arrests.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Thursday, November 20, 2014