A Thai man visited Lad Ya Police Station yesterday to defend himself after seven fake identification (ID) cards featuring his picture and personal information were used by criminals. The victim, Pakin Sookprapan, said he faces 12 criminal charges that he is unaware of.
A picture of the fake ID cards was widely shared on Thai social media. The cards had the same picture of a Thai man with short hair wearing a black t-shirt, the same date of birth, and address. However, the identification numbers and names were different on each card.
The address on each card indicated that the man lived in the Lad Ya sub-district, Mueang district, Kanchanaburi province in the central part of Thailand.
Netizens urged the relevant departments in the province to investigate the case before the criminals used these fake ID cards to swindle money from people. There was also concern that the fake ID cards could be involved in the upcoming election.
The District Chief of the Mueang Kanchanaburi, Thananat Sisat, clarified the issue yesterday stating that all seven of the ID cards were fake and did not appear on the data system.
Paking, the real person in the pictures of the fake ID card, visited the Lad Ya Police Station to report the issue. Pakin insisted that he did not create the fake ID cards and filed a complaint with the police on the issue in September last year.
“I thought the issue would end when I filed a complaint about my fake ID cards last year in September. I thought someone stole my identity when I applied to get an informal loan via a mobile application several years ago. The application required me to take a picture of my ID card and pay a 500 baht fee to get a 50,000 baht loan. I did everything but did not get the money and lost 500 baht to the application.”
Pakin also added that he faced 12 fraud charges since he provided personal information in the application. Some victims did not file a complaint but contacted him directly on social media and tried to get their money back, but he did not commit any crimes.
Anti-Corruption Division of the Registration and Administration Bureau, Ekana Sri-in, reported to the media that he questioned Pakin about the issue and got a lot of useful information that could lead to the criminal or criminals producing the fake cards.
Ekana added he would be making further investigations to identify and arrest the suspect or suspects.
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