Call center crackdown - 21 more arrests as inquiry moves abroad

PUBLISHED ON THU, DEC 7, 2017 2:53 PM

Call center crackdown - 21 more arrests as inquiry moves abroad

 

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Police in Thailand have announced the arrest of a further 21 suspects - both Thai and foreigners - in the ongoing crackdown on illegal call centers preying on the public.

 

Officers led by tourism police chief Surachet Hakpan who is fronting the investigation paraded the latest suspects at National Police HQ earlier today.

 

Twenty four locations were raided - 22 in the north and two in Bangkok.

 

A senior figure in the gangs' operations was named as Apichart Kantawisit while two call center managers were apprehended as well.

 

There were 15 Thai nationals arrested who were staff at the call centers.

 

Everyone has been charged with using false pretenses to commit fraud.

 

In addition three Taiwanese were arrested using suspect ATM cards. These were all on overstay in the kingdom.

 

Surachet said that the inquiry is still not complete - 41 arrest warrants have yet to be served and investigations are also proceeding in Cambodia.

 

So far 120 million baht in assets has been seized - people who believe they have been defrauded out of money should contact the police as they may be able to get their money back.

 

Source: TNews

 
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