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Nigerian gang busted for large scale "Romance Scam" in Thailand

 

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Police in the south of Thailand have announced the arrest of four Nigerians and a Myanmar man who were running an international Romance Scam conning lonely Thai women out of money.

 

Three of the latest victims were from Ranong and one parted with 2 million baht before the penny dropped that she had been ripped off. 

 

The scams followed a familiar pattern with such cases. Using fake IDs the gang pretended to be respectable people like doctors or US military men seeking friendship with Thai ladies on Facebook, Instagram and Line. 

 

They expressed their love of Thailand and a wish to settle in the kingdom. Then gifts were promised and "evidence" sent. 

 

But the promised goods - including mountains of dollars - got stuck in customs and the victims needed to pay duty to get them released. The gang supplied bank accounts to use.

 

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Losses amounted to 10 million baht.

 

The "Deepfake" video system was also used to trick the victims into believing their stories. 

 

Four Nigerian men and a Myanmar man were arrested in both Hua Hin (where drugs were found) and Ranong. 

 

At least four appeared to be on long overstay according to pictures published by 77kaoded following a top brass press conference in Ranong. 

 

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Computer equipment and yaba and ganja were among the many items taken into evidence.

 

Unusually for such stories no mention was made of Thai women aiding and abetting in the crime, notes Thaivisa. 

 

 

 

 

Source: 77kaoded

 

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21 minutes ago, bluesofa said:

That golden oldie is still doing well then.

I stopped a staff member sending 20,000 Baht to "Malaysian customs" for a cash package, intercepted while on its way to Thailand for the same reason fifteen years ago.

 

Good thinking Batman

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3 minutes ago, ChipButty said:
24 minutes ago, bluesofa said:

That golden oldie is still doing well then.

I stopped a staff member sending 20,000 Baht to "Malaysian customs" for a cash package, intercepted while on its way to Thailand for the same reason fifteen years ago.

Good thinking Batman

It was a 'Dutch' guy who found the Thai member of staff through Skype.

He then smooth-talked her and offered her a job in Holland looking after his children. He would provide her with a work permit and good salary.

Initially he was sending her cash via a courier, for a plane ticket and a Dutch visa.

The "Malaysian customs" official had an Arabic name and needed to be paid via Moneygram. Yeah sure...

 

Oddly enough I only got involved because the girl asked me how to send cash using Moneygram.

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3 minutes ago, Justgrazing said:
1 hour ago, webfact said:

one parted with 2 million baht before the penny dropped that she had been ripped off. 

If she's already done 2 mill' I can't imagine a penny is gonna make much difference ..

They must be pretty old public toilets anyway.

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26 minutes ago, bluesofa said:

They must be pretty old public toilets anyway.

Chance'll be a fine thing to find a public khazi nowadays .. And the ones at the gas stations the minivans stop at on the Cambodia border runs always seem to have kite flyers hanging around them .. 

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blacklist scum

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