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Biometrics arrests at Suvarnabhumi: Couple on Fake US visas and Thai female "Romance Scammer" nabbed

 

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Thai immigration announced the arrest of three people at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport. 

 

The first were a couple named only as Mr and Mrs A and B who had paid 50,000 baht for fake US visas.

 

They were stopped outbound and the US embassy soon confirmed they had never issued the visas. 

 

In a separate case an inbound Thai female passenger on Etihad EY406 on Sunday was arrested.

 

She was named in a Thai court warrant and an Interpol Red Notice for criminal conspiracy connected to an international crime operation. 

 

INN said she was part of a Romance Scam gang - people who defraud Thai lonely hearts posing as foreigners for marriage in order to defraud. 

 

All the arrests were further successes for Thailand's 2 billion baht biometrics system, notes Thaivisa. 

 

Source: INN

 

 

 
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I really don't see why Thai Immigration should care if people are departing with fake visas for the destination country. The destination country will just send them back, maybe after a period of imprisonment. Of course the airline that carried them will be stuck for the return fare. Were they flying on THAI? American government agencies would not try to protect an American airline, but none of our airlines are "national champions."

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7 hours ago, webfact said:

She was named in a Thai court warrant and an Interpol Red Notice for criminal conspiracy connected to an international crime operation.

So a Red notice works for some people?

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6 hours ago, bluesofa said:

It seems it's nothing to do with 'biometrics', but checking passport data with other agencies.

 

Good try at some Thai bashing, but I'm sure you must have read

7 hours ago, webfact said:

They were stopped outbound and the US embassy soon confirmed they had never issued the visas. 

That clearly indicates that biometrics showed the visas were fake, so they were stopped at the immigration booth, and the US embassy was then called to confirm their findings.

 

I hope you don't want to claim that Thai immigration is linked to all embassies in Thailand, or that they call them all before letting someone depart

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23 hours ago, hotchilli said:
On 9/30/2020 at 9:16 AM, webfact said:

She was named in a Thai court warrant and an Interpol Red Notice for criminal conspiracy connected to an international crime operation.

So a Red notice works for some people?

The Red Notice was irrelevant for her as she was named and wanted under a Thai warrant and she was entering Thailand.  She would have been arrested regardless of a Red Notice.

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