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  • Thailand News

    NBTC crackdown on online scams: 106 million mobile numbers under scrutiny

    Scammers in Thailand use SIM cards registered under other people’s names to call potential victims and lure them into sending money or take control of their phones remotely to steal money with banking apps. The NBTC is working with banks and mobile network operators AIS and True to ensure that connected phone SIM cards and mobile banking accounts are registered…

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    Online scams surge in Thailand warns Central Investigation Bureau

    A surge in online scams, driven by the significant increase in internet-based activities, is anticipated to continue throughout this year, warned Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) commissioner Jirabhop Bhuridej. The CIB’s analysis of cybercrime, as reported by the Royal Thai Police (RTP), indicated that over 400,000 cases were logged between March 1 and November 30 of last year. Misleading operations involving…

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    Thailand’s AOC launched to tackle rising online scams

    The Anti-Online Scam Operation Centre (AOC), a comprehensive service centre for victims of scam gangs, has been launched by Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES), as stated by Minister Prasert Chantararuangthong. The AOC is designed to effectively reduce the number of online scams within a month, aiming to tackle the over 330,000 cybercrime cases reported from March 1…

  • Business News

    Thailand’s DES minister vows to combat online scams

    Newly appointed Digital Economy and Society (DES) Minister, Prasert Chanthararuangthong, pledged to prioritise the suppression of online fraud and call centre scams. As part of the Pheu Thai Party‘s commitments, the DES ministry is also expected to cooperate with related agencies to roll out a digital wallet scheme by 2024, with an initial rollout anticipated for early next year. The…

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    Digital economy minister urged to support SMEs and combat online scams in Thailand

    The newly appointed Digital Economy and Society (DES) Minister is being urged by industry leaders to combat online scams, bolster cross-border e-commerce for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and provide additional incentives to businesses for technological investments. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is also looking to collaborate with the minister, Prasert Chanthararuangthong, on various initiatives to bridge the…

  • Crime News

    Online scams: Thai restaurant reservation fraud nets 140 million baht in July, warns CCIB

    Warnings of escalating online fraud rings capitalising on the growing demand for restaurant reservations have been issued by the Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau (CCIB). Based on emerging reports, a significant financial hit of over 140 million baht landed on consumers in July due to a proliferation of online scams. According to the latest information detailed by the CCIB spokesperson, Police…

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    RTP warns public to be vigilant ahead of Songkran after 312 million baht stolen in online scams

    The Royal Thai Police (RTP) cautioned the public to be extra vigilant ahead of the Songkran Festival after scammers last week fraudulently stole over 310 million baht in online extortion. The RTP reported over 5,300 fraud cases were reported by victims last week, with most complaints related to online shopping and bank transfer scams. Yesterday, Pol. Lt. Gen. Sompong Chingduang,…

  • Thailand News

    NBTC rings changes: Task force to dial down online banking scams

    The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has established a working group to enforce a new policy aimed at preventing online scams targeting mobile banking users. This policy mandates that the name used to register a mobile phone SIM card must match the name of the bank account holder connected to the internet via that SIM card. This policy had…

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    Southern Thailand: Police warn of online refill machine scams in Thepha district

    Con artists are exploiting online refill machines to carry out fraud using money mule bank accounts, according to a warning issued by Thai police today. The alert today, November 22, was initially raised by the Sai Mai Must Survive (Sai Mai Tong Rot) Facebook page, which posted a video warning of the deceitful practice primarily occurring in Thepha district, Songkhla…

  • Thailand News

    Health supplement scams sizzle online as FDA flags revoked claims

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified three health supplement products advertising overblown claims on e-marketplaces despite their licences being revoked. The products, found in advertising online, claim to control sugar levels, burn fat and decrease hunger. The FDA today disclosed the results of their surveillance of health product advertisements on e-marketplaces. They identified three products: 1. Mix Oil…

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    Royal Thai Police issue warning on scams and online threats

    The Royal Thai Police issued a warning on various scams and online threats to raise public awareness, adding that people should be cautious about what is posted online as cyber bullying and spreading fake news can result in criminal charges. People are asked to cooperate and report any illegal acts to the Thai Royal Police Hotline by calling 1599, according…

  • Retire in Thailand

    Scams that can ruin your retirement plan in Thailand

    The process of retirement planning, particularly when considering a unique location such as Thailand, demands a careful and knowledgeable strategy. In manoeuvring through this complex procedure, it is crucial to remain aware of potential hindrances that could adversely affect the peace of your retirement years. Ranging from understanding the intricacies regarding taxation on lump-sum retirement funds to discerning potential misinformation…

  • Business News

    Thai consumers highlight concerns over real-time payment scams

    The rise in the use of new, convenient, and fast payment channels has been matched by growing concerns about real-time payment scams, as revealed by a global consumer fraud research study conducted by Fico, the US-based data analytics and credit scoring company. The study reveals that Thai consumers are particularly worried about the risk of being deceived into sending money…

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    Thai man swindled out of 550,000 baht by online investment scam

    A man from Nong Han district in Udon Thani has been driven to suicidal thoughts after being swindled out of 550,000 baht by an online scammer posing as an investment advisor. The scammer continues to taunt him daily, asking if he wants to invest more. The 42 year old victim, identified by the pseudonym Krob, had worked for 10 years…

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    Police arrest woman in Nawamin for online mobile phone scam

    Police officers apprehended a Thai woman at her condominium in the Nawamin district for allegedly defrauding people through an online scam operation of mobile phone sales. She faces three separate fraud charges. Authorities arrested 24 year old Ruangfa, also known as Mabel, following a lengthy investigation into online criminal networks causing significant public distress. Ruangfa had reportedly set up a…

  • Business News

    Thailand ranked in top three for financial fraud scams, says Google

    Google’s 2023 Bad Apps Report ranked Thailand among the top three countries in the Asia-Pacific region with a significant spike in financial fraud scams last year. Aman Dayal, Asia-Pacific head of trust & safety operations for Google Play, stated during an online media briefing that Singapore, Thailand, and India were particularly affected. With over 90% of smartphone penetration rates, the…

  • Thailand video news

    Thailand Video News | Ferry fire rescue in Koh Tao, Governor warns of fuel station scams this Songkran

    In this video, Alex and Jay cover the news from across Thailand. The Governor has initiated a rigorous crackdown on fuel station scams, just in time for the approaching Songkran festivities. Swift and decisive action by Thai authorities recently averted a potential tragedy, rescuing all passengers from a ferry fire en route to Koh Tao. Meanwhile, the monkhood bid of…

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    Thailand government warns against lottery ticket scams

    The Government Lottery Office (GLO) issued a warning about the risks associated with purchasing lottery tickets from unauthorised platforms and automated vending machines. The concern arises from incidents where buyers have not received the physical lottery tickets, potentially compromising their ability to claim prizes. With the rise of various online platforms and vending machines claiming to sell lottery tickets without…

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    Thai Business Department warns against online scammers

    The Department of Business Development (DBD) in Thailand issued a warning to businesses, uncovering a new ploy by online scammers that could leave unsuspecting victims in legal jeopardy. DBD Director-General Oramon Sapthaveetham sounded the alarm today, urging businesses to stay vigilant or face the consequences. According to Oramon, the DBD has been inundated with complaints from businesses targeted by fraudulent phone…

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    Thailand Video News | Swiss man’s tripping incident ignites online outrage, Government announces new airport infrastructure plan

    In this video, join Alex and Jay cover the news across the nation. Beginning with Thailand repatriated 900 Chinese nationals involved in scams from Myanmar. A Swiss tripping incident in Phuket sparked uproar on Thai social media. Road rage led to gunfire at the wrong car. Thailand plans significant airport infrastructure investments. Thai police focus on combating foreign mafia activities. Foreigners soon can use surrogacy services…

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    Khon Kaen police issues urgent warning against online fraud

    In a bid to tackle the rising tide of online fraud, Khon Kaen Police Station took an unprecedented step, adorning its exterior with colossal signs standing up to 3 metres tall. These giant warnings, unveiled yesterday, February 28, aim to arm citizens with crucial advice on dodging the traps set by cunning scammers. With phrases like: Do not believe, Do…

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    Beware, Valentine’s Day romance scams on the rise

    With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, the Royal Thai Police (RTP) issued a warning to the public, particularly women, urging caution against falling victim to cyber criminals preying on the lovestruck. In the age of digital love, the romance scam has become a sinister ploy, requiring minimal effort from fraudsters. All it takes is a fake social media profile, some attractive…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket fraud suspects arrested over mule bank account scams

    A recent operation led by the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) and the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) resulted in the apprehension of two fraud suspects in Phuket. They were allegedly involved in creating mule bank accounts for scam gang operators. One of the individuals detained, referred to as Chaiphong, was arrested at a Patong residence. It was not disclosed when the…

  • Thailand News

    Bumrungrad Hospital battles online investment scam

    Bumrungrad Hospital executives in Bangkok filed a complaint with the Cyber Police, targeting a fraudulent page that falsely claimed to represent the hospital in an online investment scam. Atirat Ratanakijpipat, CEO of Bumrungrad Hospital, yesterday, January 30, along with the management team, met with high-ranking Cyber Police officials to initiate legal action against the perpetrators who created the fake page.…

  • Thailand News

    Call scams: Ministry’s shocking move to suspend thousands of numbers

    In a bold move to tackle the rising tide of call scams, the Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry unveiled a groundbreaking plan: any telephone number making over 100 calls per day will face immediate suspension. DES Minister Prasert Chantararuangthong dropped this bombshell yesterday, December 12, revealing that an astonishing 80,000 individuals had reported falling victim to call scams within…

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    Thai cybercrime nightmare: 50 billion baht online fraud shocks nation

    Thailand has been plunged into a cybercrime crisis, with online fraud cases skyrocketing to a staggering 50.87 billion baht in damages over the last 21 months. Deputy government spokesman Karom Polpornklang disclosed today, December 7, that the Royal Thai Police website, www.thaipoliceonline.com, has been inundated with a whopping 405,194 fraud complaints from March 1 last year to November 30 this…

  • Thailand News

    Thai NBTC to investigate 40,000 numbers linked to SMS and phone scams

    The Thai National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is poised to probe 40,000 numbers, suspected to be instrumental in SMS and phone scams, to apprehend the main culprits. A meeting was recently held by an NBTC subcommittee to discuss the data collected on these alleged scam phone numbers. Key representatives from law enforcement agencies, the central bank and mobile phone…

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    Hair-raising drama unfolds on social media as customer curls up in shock over salon’s 7,000 baht bill, sparking online uproar

    A customer’s shocked post on social media about a hair salon’s inflated price has drawn the attention and criticism of netizens. Today (November 14), the disgruntled customer took to social media to express her surprise at a hair treatment bill of 7,000 baht (US$195), which was significantly higher than the salon’s advertised prices. The customer posted a picture and wrote…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket authorities warn against rising LINE app and Facebook scams

    A criminal group has been flagged for attempting to scam people by posing as the Thai Red Cross Society, on LINE and Facebook according to a warning issued by Phuket’s Public Relations Department (PR Phuket). The scam involves an OpenChat group on LINE, a popular Thai messaging app, where members are invited to donate money under the guise of the…