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Nuns arrested for allegedly scamming hundreds out of a total of 10 million baht





Police arrested 3 Buddhist nuns at a meditation centre in Thailand’s Isaan region for allegedly scamming more than 400 people, promising returns to those who invested in a fund for the poor. Victims say the nuns took off with a total of around 10 million baht. A nun at the centre claims those who made merit would receive returns, but many became greedy.

The hundreds that fell victim to the scam say they were promised high returns in either cash or gold if they contributed to the centre’s “pha pa” funds. Reports say each of the investors gave the centre 2,000 baht to 3,500 baht, but complaintants did not receive returns promised by the nuns.

49 year old Mae Chee Ou, or nun Ou, of the Phra Phutsikkhi meditation centre allegedly ran the scheme. She denied the claims of fraud and told reporters she’s a “noble individual, similar to a monk.” Nun Ou does not have a clerical title, according to the chief of the Provincial Buddhism Office.

According to the Bangkok Post, the nun told reporters that the “pha pa” funds were set up to help the poor and those who made merit would receive returns, but many became greedy.

The 2 other nuns, 45 year old Arunee Chanthanam and 31 year old Pailin Sunthornsuwan, allegedly persuaded people to invest in the “pha pa” fund. The 3 nuns were arrested in charges of fraud. They are being held in detention while the investigation continues.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Markoff Chaney

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Meditation centre and investment club. The Thais certainly do have an interesting take on Buddhism.

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    Ian Jones

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    Greed is good, someone said. But scammed by a Buddhist nun, not so pure then.

    I wonder how may Thai people that gets scammed my email or SMS. Thailand must be a open target for scammers in Nigeria and India..

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    Another day in Thailand, another scam revealed.

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    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    Either a typo or someone can’t add up properly.. these articles from this publisher (Thaiger) are pathetic and poorly delivered, not surprising as the recruits here from abroad are questionable to say the least.. none of these hacks could get a job outside of SE Asia.

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    Leo Z

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 5:00 am

    @ Ian: The headline and the report are from the Bangkok Post LINKED article, moron.

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    James Pate

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 6:42 am

    All these years I’ve been dealing with a stock brokerage when I could have just gone to a nun!

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    Mister Stretch

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 7:14 am

    400 (investors) x 3,500bt (max mentioned) = 1,400,000bt

    That’s a long way from the headline’s claim of 10,000,000bt.

    Credibility in the journalism business is everything, guys. Check, check and recheck.

    While I was teaching journalism, I would have given the story a fail if one of my students had made such a mistake.

    “Victims say…” isn’t an excuse for sloppy journalism. The story should have been checked.

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    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 7:21 am

    True Ian. 400 people scammed out of 10m Baht is an average of 25,000 Baht each. Unfortunately, this type of incompetence is not confined to SE Asia.

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    funny coz its true

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Stonks and gains, heaven and god, don’t bet on it

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    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 9:04 am

    I’m all in favour of equal pay for women.

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    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 9:39 am

    @Leo Z – Thanks for setting this moron Ian straight.

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    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 9:41 am

    @Shane – ….and I quote “The headline and the report are from the Bangkok Post LINKED article, moron”.

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    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    stupid moron

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