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Man arrested for posing as air force pilot, conning woman out of 800,000 baht

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A 44 year old man has been arrested in the northern province of Sukothai, after claiming to be a pilot with the Royal Thai Air Force and cheating his girlfriend out of 800,000 baht. Thai Residents reports that the man, named only as Prapol, denies all the charges against him.

The victim, named only as Miss A, says she met Prapol online, where he claimed he was working in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima as an air force pilot. She says he would frequently send pictures of himself sitting in a plane and she had no cause to doubt him. The pair embarked on a long-distance relationship and rarely met, due to working in different provinces.

Miss A adds that over time, Prapol confided that he was having some financial problems due to his mother being unwell. She says she felt sorry for her boyfriend and granted his request to borrow some money. In total, she made more than 300 transfers to his account, amounting to around 800,000 baht.

By the end of last year, the penny began to drop, and Miss A started to suspect Prapol was not who he said he was. She did some investigating and discovered there was no pilot with his name in the Royal Thai Air Force. After she filed a police complaint, investigating officers arrested Prapol in Sukothai. He is now awaiting prosecution on fraud charges.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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    Fred glue

    October 12, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    Well-Well-Well, that’s one (1) back for the male farangs, 45 – million too go.

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    Happily Stranded In Thailand

    October 12, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    She made about 300 separate money transfers to a man she only met a few times?

    I think she was a fool 300 times over.

    Where can I find a rich lady like that? The infamous “pilot” found one of the very few on the lonely hearts dating website / app.

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    Maag

    October 12, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Quarantine in jail …..

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    Jeff

    October 12, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    So, can men, foreign and domestic, report and get arrested those women who have scammed them? It’s no different and shouldn’t be in application of the law.

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    James

    October 12, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    It seems to be a common theme in Thailand these days as such a story is in the news nearly every week.

    I knew I Thai woman who had such a ‘boyfriend’, he said he was from England, I asked her his name and it sounded Eastern European to me (I am from the UK).

    He was coming to Thailand to buy a house for them to live happy ever after in (she already has a couple of houses she bought herself), all she had to do was send money to him for the plane ticket until the money is released to him from his investments.

    I told her not to do it and luckily she listened as she never heard from him again.

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    James Pate

    October 13, 2020 at 5:27 am

    These cases are just sad. So many people feeling lonely and unloved. Deceived and defrauded. Publicly humiliated after filling the complaint.I bet he did this before, too, but got away with it. 🙁

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    Perceville Smithers

    October 13, 2020 at 5:32 am

    Did she at least have “relations” with the guy? I could see sending some money after meeting andseepingwithe person a few times but even then there’s a cutoff point.

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