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West African Romance Scammer Arrested in Southern Thailand

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BANGKOK – Acting immigration police head Maj-Gen Surachate Hakpal has told Thai media that a 27-year-old man West African man was arrested for allegedly forging documents to obtain a Thai visa and aiding a romance scam.

Alex Emanuel,27 from Guinea-Bissau entered Thailand by bus via Songkhla and avoided the Immigration authorities.

He then gave his passport to a Thai man, identified only as Joseph who claimed to have a friend at the Immigration Office, and paid Bt20,000 for a visa, Maj-Gen Surachate said.

The suspect reportedly helped a romance scam gang and was paid 5 per cent of the profits.

The scam would usually involve using bogus white male identities to persuade women to wire money to pay an import tariff and fee for the delivery of overseas “gifts.”

By Suriya Patathayo
The Nation