Police have arrested a 34 year-old Thai woman for allegedly swindling people out of up to Bt20 million. She is alleged to be the leader of a Nigerian call center gang.
Armed with five arrest warrants police nabbed Wasuthorn Mingkhwan, 34, in Nonthaburi Province yesterday.
Wasuthorn, has been charged with running a call center with a group of Nigerians in Malaysia. Since 2015, members of the gang allegedly pretended to be officers from the Department of Special Investigation. Participating in scams to trick people into transferring money.
The Nigerian call center gang also deceived people by calling random numbers and convincing them to send money. They tricked out of more than a million baht, police said.
The suspect has confessed. She was also slapped with two more arrest warrants before being sent to the Nonthaburi Police Station. She faces prosecution in coordination with the Anti-Money Laundering Office, which will look into her financial transactions.
Beware of Nigerian Call Center Scammers
Nigerian call-centre scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners. Often via dating websites, apps or social media by pretending to be prospective companions.
They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details.
Nigerian call center scams often take place through online dating websites. But scammers may also use social media or email to make contact. They have even been known to telephone their victims as a first introduction.
These call-center scams are also known as ‘catfishing’.
If you think you have provided your account details to a call center scam, contact your bank or financial institution immediately.