Connect with us

Crime

Police arrest Nigerian over Phuket-based ‘Nigerian Romance Scam’

Thaiger

Published

 on 

A 38 year old Nigerian alleged ‘romance scammer’ has been arrested in Bangkok for allegedly operating bank accounts and arranging money transactions. The unnamed man was operating out of Phuket.

The suspect is now being returned to Phuket, where an arrest warrant was issued on July 9 charging the man with conspiracy to commit fraud.

Immigration Police Bureau chief Pol Lt-General Sompong Chingdoung reports that police made the arrest on July 19 at a condominium in Bang Na district in Bangkok. During the raid they also seized 14 items of evidence, including several bankbooks, ATM cards and money transaction slips, as well as the suspect’s mobile phone.

The romance scam, by now well known, was perpetrated by a gang claiming to be white businessman, who feigned romantic intentions towards their Thai victims via social media. After earning their trust and affection online, the gang then offer the women gifts but tell to transfer funds into their bank accounts to pay for the import duties to release the expensive gifts (that don’t exist).

One victim in Phuket allegedly lost 897,400 baht to the scam. Police are now hunting for the accomplices of the 38 year old suspect.

Sompong said that investigators found that the suspect was using bank accounts that had been opened by Thai nationals in exchange for payments. The gang had opened a front company to transfer the money to accomplices overseas.

SOURCE: The Nation

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forum
🔔 Subscribe to our daily newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Thailand's largest online portal for news and information.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Video43 mins ago

Green line extension price issues, Hua Hin Peeping Toms | Good Morning Thailand | Ep.148

Thailand1 hour ago

BBC plans to reproduce Thailand’s hit TV show “Block Out” for British television

Thailand1 hour ago

Thailand Top Stories | PM says ‘no added restrictions’, Chiang Mai ‘cardigan girl | Dec 8

advertiseadvertise
Crime1 hour ago

Wounded man flees to police station, says employer beat him, forced him to drink urine

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Bars warned it takes proper accreditation to be a restaurant

Bangkok2 hours ago

470 million baht “soapy” massage venue and business up for sale in Bangkok

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Pollution2 hours ago

Authorities warn of “unhealthy” levels of air pollution in Bangkok, elsewhere this week

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Malaysia and China to collaborate in developing Covid-19 vaccine

World3 hours ago

Jetstar Asia to operate vaccinated travel lane between Bangkok and Singapore

World3 hours ago

Top US scientist says Omicron “almost certainly” no more severe than Delta

Phuket3 hours ago

More and more digital nomads choose Phuket for a “workation”

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

Thai PM says another national lockdown “unlikely” despite Omicron variant

Coronavirus World4 hours ago

Omicron unlikely to be more severe or to fully evade vaccines: WHO

Thailand18 hours ago

17 people in close contact with Omicron-infected traveller test negative

Thailand19 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Omicron under control, Illegal border crossing, Thailand’s recovery | Dec 7

Thailand3 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism9 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism10 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand10 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism10 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending