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News : Taiwanese Man Arrested for Call Centre Scam
Bangkok, Thailand, Feb 9, 2016 -- A Taiwanese man was arrested for his alleged involvement in a call centre scam in which criminals disguised themselves as Department of Special Investigation officials to dupe a Thai woman of nearby Bt13 million last October, city police deputy chief Maj General Suthee Nenkanthee said yesterday.
Following his arrest at Bangkok's Don Mueang International Airport on Saturday, Xang Chang Bin, 30, was presented at a press conference yesterday along with evidence including: electronic devices, Bt250,000, five bank account books, seven ATM cards and seven bank deposit slips worth Bt607,000.
Suthee said the victim filed a police complaint on October 8, alleging she received phone calls from a man claiming to be a senior DSI official to notify her that she was under investigation for document forgery and money laundering. The gang allegedly told her to wire money on 16 occasions to various accounts "for inspection", Suthee said, adding that the total amount transferred was Bt12.7 million.
Investigating police found the Taiwan-based gang allegedly made international phone calls to dupe Thai victims, and Xang would travel to Thailand to withdraw the money. Police monitored him on such trips and arrested him.
A search at his rented room in Bangkok's Lat Phrao district found evidence such as a device that could change cellphone numbers into numbers used by state agencies.
Case investigator Lt Colonel Wichien Phetchsena said police had applied for arrest warrants for two alleged Taiwanese accomplices and would summon 16 Thai nationals who opened bank accounts in exchange for payments from the gang.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Friday, February 12, 2016