Old man held hostage & duped out of 100 million baht by fake doctors

An 81 year old man was held hostage in a Bangkok hotel by two fake doctors and then duped him into giving away over 100 million baht in assets and priceless amulets so they could treat his Parkinson’s disease.

Police eventually rescued Chawarit Chankana after his family filed a complaint saying the old man handed over a luxury car and valuable amulets worth 100 million baht to the two fake doctors.

The family informed the police that two fake doctors took Chawarit to a hotel in Bangkok and gave him an injection of an unknown medicine, claiming that it would cure Parkinson’s disease.

The fake doctors asked for 50,000 baht to cover treatment but Chawarit didn’t have the cash to pay. The fraudsters then told the old man to sell his valuable amulets to cover the cost.

The swindlers didn’t stop at 50,000 baht. They contacted Chawarit’s family and asked for another 300,000 baht for more treatment.

The family refused to pay so the fake doctors seized Chawarit’s luxury car, a Toyota Alphard, and several valuable and rare amulets.

The family contacted the police who swooped and arrested the alleged doctors.

The identities of the two scammers have not been revealed but Thai media made known the fake doctors would target elderly victims eating alone at restaurants or coffee shops and sell them fake treatment and health packages.

One of the suspects is already known to police and had been previously charged with fraud and embezzlement in the Min Buri district of Bangkok.

Chawarit is a famous amulet collector in Thailand. He has been interviewed about rare amulets many times on Thai YouTube channels.

SOURCE: Khaosod | Sanook

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Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger who focuses on translating breakingThai news stories into English. With a background in field journalism, Petch brings several years of experience to the English News desk at The Thaiger. Before joining The Thaiger, Petch worked as a content writer for several known blogging sites in Bangkok, including Happio and The Smart Local. Her articles have been syndicated by many big publishers in Thailand and internationally, including the Daily Mail, The Sun and the Bangkok Post. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp! But during office hours, you can find Petch on LinkedIn and you can reach her by email at petch@thethaiger.com.

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