PATTAYA – Police have arrested a Lesotho conman, Matete Lebohang, for allegedly hacking the email account of a Pattaya hotel and conning four foreigners into paying large sums for supposed room reservations, the Technology Crime Suppression Division told a press conference yesterday.
A foreigner of unknown nationality was also wanted for his role in the racket, he said.
Police arrested Matete Lebohang at a prison in northern Bangkok recently when he visited an inmate.
Somphorn said Lebohang hacked into the email of the unnamed three-star hotel and told the foreigners to wire him a total of Bt300,000.
Police said foreign con-men often befriend or marry Thai women to use them to open bank accounts to help them commit such crimes. Con-men often use these women to withdraw money from victims from cash machines to avoid detection by banks or ATM cameras, they said.