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Thai police warn about romance scammers on dating applications

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Police are warning about a romance scam where people pose as attractive foreigners on dating applications and, after some sweet talking, convince victims to transfer money to an account for an “investment opportunity.”

Police say the scammers claim the coronavirus pandemic has affected their business and they’ve started investing in the stock market as well as cryptocurrency. Police say the scammers send a photo showing their “profits” to entice people to make an “investment.”

The Department of Special Investigation posted a notice in Thai warning locals about scammers that target people on both dating apps and apps used to make friends. The scammers allegedly pose as both men and women.

After getting the victim on board to start making investments, the scammer will then send a link to a website or app, Thai media reports. The scammer claims they know a “shortcut” to make quick money from investments. The victims either transfer money to a Thai account or they convert their money to cryptocurrency before transferring it.

Apparently, the scammer will give the victim a profit for the first few investments, enticing them to put more money down to get a larger return. Then the scammer says “problems” start to happen with the system that require the victim to put down more money. Thai media did not report on how many people were affected by the scam or how much money was lost.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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    Graham Smith

    November 11, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Scam is a normal habit in thailand, so why is this different?

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    Buttaxe

    November 11, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Be nice if they also warned foreign guys about the 40 to 50% of Thai women on dating sites that are scammers – from straightforward asking for gifts, money to travel to meet you or to ‘buy clothes’ for that meeting (that will not materialise), or the sick relative and other numerous bad luck stories.
    One can date successfully online but it is a minefield for the naive or overly-trusting foreign guy.

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    Tony Grace

    November 11, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    Most people that are scammed is there own greed .They see all of them imagnery $$ dollars and that takes over there rashional thinking so the scammers have now got you thinking I can be rich soon. In reality if you have such a good business enterprise any bank in any icountry would be more that happy to support such a venture definitely would no be tell some on line about my future sucess So next time a scammer askes you to send money you say I rather you send me some to show good will between us.im petty sure the relationship will brake down.

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    James

    November 11, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    These sorts of scams happen all over the world.

    If it sounds too fantastic and easy then it is a scam.

    If the scammers have made lots of profit then why do they need you to help them invest, they would keep such a good money earner secret from everyone else?

    I do know a Thai woman living in Thailand who is a widow and was befriended by a man who said he was an Englishman, they ‘met’ online, after a few weeks he said he was on the way to see her, to build her a house etc. He asked for help with the airfare as his money was tied up in bonds.

    I asked her for the man’s name, of course I knew it was a scam, I could also see the name was not an English name.

    Plus of course, it was the standard old scam.

    She did not send any money and she never heard from him again.

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    Khun plastic

    November 12, 2020 at 12:09 am

    That sounds like the pot calling the kettle browny ass to me!

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    Khun plastic

    November 12, 2020 at 12:11 am

    Sounds like sick water buffalo story to me.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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18 Bangkok motorbike taxi drivers get prison for 2019 mass brawl killing a bystander

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18 motorbike taxi drivers are sentenced to prison for their involvement in a mass street fight in June 2019 where a bystander was killed by a stray bullet. Bangkok’s Prakhonong Court handed down prison sentences ranging from 5 years to more than 27 years, according to Thai media.

The fight broke out between two gangs of win drivers, named by Thai media as Soi 1 and Soi 2, on Soi Udomsuk 1 in Bangkok’s Bang Na district. Around 50 to 60 drivers from Soi 1 attacked 20 to 30 drivers from Soi 2 with knives and other weapons, apparently because Soi 2 drivers, who were unregistered and operated without the proper orange identification vests, took customers away from the Soi 1 group.

A 20 year old Kerry Express courier, Weerawat Pheungkrut, was shot and killed when a stray bullet struck him in the left eyebrow. The drivers who were directly involved with the murder were sentenced to the longest prison terms, including leader of Soi 1 known as Pramuk. He was sentenced to 27 years and 10 months in prison and ordered to pay a 5,000 baht fine as well as 280,000 baht in compensation with a 7.5% yearly interest.

Other drivers with high prison sentences and also ordered to pay 280,000 baht in compensation with a 7.5% yearly interest:

  • Best was sentenced to 27 years in prison and ordered to pay a 5,000 baht.
  • Am was sentenced to 25 years in prison and ordered to pay a 5,000 baht fine.
  • X was sentenced to 24 years and 6 months in prison and ordered to pay a 2,500 baht fine.

Drivers with lower prison sentences:

  • Beer was sentenced to 6 years and 8 months in prison and ordered to pay a 6,666 baht fine.
  • Too, Nui, Bank, Fluke, Mai, Tam and Moo and Jack were sentenced to 5 years in prison and ordered to pay a 5,000 baht fine.
  • Oo, Nott, Bank and Ae were sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in prison and ordered to pay a 5,000 baht fine.

SOURCE: Thai Visa

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12 people arrested for allegedly illegally crossing Thai-Myanmar border

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12 Thais were arrested by Chaing Rai Immigration Police for allegedly illegally crossing the Myanmar border back into Thailand. The arrests follow a small coronavirus outbreak in Northern Thailand while Myanmar reports hundreds of new Covid-19 cases each day.

Over the weekend, a 29 year old Thai woman tested positive for Covid-19 in Chiang Mai after visiting the hospital with flu-like symptoms. She recently returned to Thailand from Myanmar where she worked at a bar in Tachileik. 2 other women, ages 23 and 26, worked at the same bar tested positive for Covid-19 after returning to Thailand, Chiang Rai public health officials reported today.

Of the 12 people recently arrested for illegally crossing the Thai-Myanmar border, 4 of them were arrested yesterday after a woman made a post on Facebook saying her and her friends used a natural route to cross into Thailand. They allegedly told police they were working illegally in Myanmar.

8 other Thai women were arrested today for illegally crossing the border from Tachileik into Chiang Rai. They allegedly told police that they each paid 6,500 baht to Myanmar traffickers to avoid border checks.

The women told police that most Thais returning home from Myanmar were in the country working at entertainment venues.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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A police officer was arrested for allegedly firing shots in an Isaan restaurant, killing a married couple and severely injuring his ex-wife. 44 year old Aram Sangchai is facing charges of premeditated murder.

Aram had just returned home to the Isaan province Buri Ram from Bangkok after working with a police unit at the November 27 pro-democracy protest. The Bangkok Post says Aram “stormed” into the restaurant with a handgun and opened fire. He waited at the restaurant and surrendered to police.

The victims were taken to the Non Suwan Hospital where Jaran and Somkid Sukwong, ages 42 and 37, were pronounced dead. Aram’s ex-wife, 42 year old Nucharin Kaewchaturat, was transferred to Buri Ram Hospital and is in serious condition.

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