Police have arrested a Taiwanese man and charged him for being involved with a call-centre scam that defrauded people in Thailand by convincing them to make bank transfers of more than Bt9.5 million, police said.
The arrest of Wang Chin-Hao, 29, was announced at a press conference on Thursday at the Metropolitan Police Division 9.
Pol Lt-Colonel Wichian Phetsena, deputy commander of the division, said Wang had been arrested under a warrant issued by the Nonthaburi provincial court dated September 13.
He was arrested on Wednesday at his rented apartment on Soi Lat Phrao 101 in Bangkok’s Bang Kapai district.
The arrest warrant was obtained after he was seen in CCTV footage covering an ATM machine in Nonthaburi’s Bang Kruay district withdrawing Bt500,000, which was wired to an account by one of the victims, Wichian said.
Wichian said police had received complaints from the gang’s victims in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Suri and Uttaradit, saying they had been deceived into transferring money to various accounts. The victims lost about Bt9.5 million.
The suspects, who include Thais, allegedly told victims that bank books had been mailed to them but could not be delivered because they faced scrutiny by the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) and the Department of Special Investigation (DSI). The victims were later convinced to transfer money to bank accounts on the grounds that the AMLO and DSI needed to check their finances.
Wichien said the Taiwanese man had admitted that he had been hired by a Taiwanese national to withdraw money deposited by the victims and told to exchange the funds for bank drafts that could be cashed in Taiwan.
Wichien said police were in the process of hunting down Thai accomplices, who had been hired to open bank accounts, call the victims and tell them the phoney story, as well as to chauffeur their Taiwanese accomplices.