The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and Thanachart Bank on Wednesday officially launched a project to produce short video clips to warn Thais about 10 fraudulent scams.
The 10 videos, called Knowing about fraudulent tricks and seeing through criminals for your financial security, shows tricks and how to handle them. They will be released monthly onwww.dsi.go.th, Facebook: DSI Family, www.thanachat.co.th, at Thanachart branches and the bank's YouTube posts. They include a call-centre scam over a tax refund, an ultra-cheap tour package aboard as a lure and a “romance scam”. In this criminals pretend to be a good-looking person who has fallen in love with the victim online and claims to send an expensive gift that the victim must pay a tax bill to fake officials to release.
DSI chief Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang insisted no state agencies would contact individuals over the phone, especially to check their saving accounts. He also warned that the “romance scam” normally targeted older people.
Thanachart CEO Somjet Moosirilert said the bank had a “know your customer" protocol to verify identity and would apply more measures to prevent criminals opening bank accounts to deposit stolen money. The bank would check on those who paid only Bt300-Bt500 to open accounts and made withdrawals at around 3-5am, he added.