Retired teachers, civil servants warned of call centre scam

Breaking News January 10, 2012 00:00

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The Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) Tuesday warned retired teachers and civil servants on pension especially elderly living on their own of 45 "call centre scam" gangs duping them with a money-laundering accusation or credit card debt to wire money vi


In the latest case of a 68-year-old teacher who lost some Bt26 million, the gang reportedly blocked her phone from calling and consulting others for 10 days, AMLO would ask the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to probe why the gang could manipulate the phone system, said AMLO acting secretary Pol Col Sihanat Prayoonrat.
The gang, claimed to be Kasikorn Bank, AMLO and Office of the Auditor General of Thailand (OAG) officials and duped the teacher to wired a total of Bt26,750,185 to 75 Bangkok Bank accounts nationwide at 269 times from December 21, 2011January 4, 2012. It was fortunate she came to AMLO office on January 9 to ask for her money back, Sihanat said because he was told that the gang wanted her to borrow and transfer another Bt2.5 million.
The Nation