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South Korean scammers Sukwoo Yang, 31, and Sanggi Yoon, 29, wanted on an Interpol red notice for defrauding people of about 53 million baht while operating a call centre in Vietnam

South Korean scammers Sukwoo Yang, 31, and Sanggi Yoon, 29, wanted on an Interpol red notice for defrauding people of about 53 million baht in Vietnam – Photo Apichit Jinakul

 

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BANGKOK – Two South Koreans fleeing arrest after swindling hundreds of people in several countries have been caught in Bangkok, allegedly planning to use Thailand as a new base for their fraudulent call-centre scheme.

Sukwoo Yang, 31, and Sanggi Yoon, 29, are named in a red notice issued by Interpol and wanted for defrauding people of about 53 million baht while operating in Vietnam, Pol Lt Gen Nathathorn Prousoontorn, commissioner of the Immigration Police Bureau, said at a media briefing on Friday.

The duo were apprehended at an education institute in Phahon Yothin area on Thursday.

They allegedly colluded with other gang members in operating a call centre in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and duping victims in several countries, particularly in South Korea, into transferring money to them.

They had claimed to be working for a bank and lured  people into investing with promises of high returns.

Over 500 people had fallen victim to the gang’s ploy, Pol Lt Gen Nathathorn said. They had netted an estimated 1.7 billion won  (about 53 million baht) from their Korean victims.

After money was transferred to them, the pair had closed their call centre in Vietnam and fled to Thailand.  He believed the suspects planned to use Thailand as their next base for a similar call centre.

The suspects’ visas have been revoked and they have been declared persona non grata under Section 12 of the Immigration Act.  The two men will be held in custody at the immigration prison pending legal action.

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