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Thai Police to Create Technology Crime Suppression Center to Deal with Online Scammers

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BANGKOK – The Special Adviser to the Royal Thai Police, Pol. Gen. Tanitsak Teerasawat, and the Deputy Commander of the Tourist Police Bureau, Pol. Maj. Gen. Surachet Hakphan, held a press conference on Monday (June 4th) to discuss the role of the technology crime suppression center. The center will be established to deal with call center and online romance scams.

Meanwhile, police have returned more than one million baht, seized from call center gangs, to their victims.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Surachet said that the officers have regularly been following the money trails, after the victims transferred their money to the scammers. He said the seized money would then be returned to the victims.

The Deputy Spokesman of the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO), Pirapat Ingpongpan, said the police will remain vigilant, following the arrests of many call center gangs. Mr. Pirapat also warned people about scammers luring them into opening a new bank account. With the personal information exposed, scammers can withdraw their money through internet banking.

Since December 2017, the phone and electronic media fraud prevention and suppression center has received 446 cases, with damages of over 235 million baht in total. Over 20 million baht was seized and returned to 110 victims.

By Supawadee Wangsri