Turkish investment scammer arrested for deceiving Thai woman

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Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) officers arrested a Turkish man for operating an investment scam in Thailand after being tipped off by a Thai woman victim. Police discovered the foreigner has been operating the scam in Thailand for more than 10 years.

A Thai woman yesterday filed a complaint against the Turkish man, 43 year old Onur Gungor, also known as Ryan. The victim explained that Ryan urged her to invest in car care and beauty businesses with him. However, Ryan never shared any profits from the businesses with her.

The woman stated that she could not reach Ryan after the investment and later discovered that the businesses she had invested in had been resold to other investors. She admitted that she trusted the Turkish man because he was good-looking and had persuasive communication skills.

The CIB conducted a further investigation to locate the Turkish suspect and managed to arrest him at a hotel on Lat Phrao Road in the Huay Kwang district of Bangkok.

CIB officers reported that Ryan was a former soldier in his homeland before relocating to Thailand, where he pursued a career as a personal trainer in Bangkok. Officers also discovered that more victims fell into Ryan’s traps, and the man had been deceiving Thai women for more than 10 years.

Ryan denied all allegations but remains in police custody at Udomsuk Police Station. Officers reported that a comprehensive investigation would be conducted to more solid evidence.

Officers appealed to other potential victims to come forward and register their complaints with the police so they could issue further charges against the Turkish man.

Officers did not reveal the specific amount of damage but several Thai news agencies reported that the damages were about several million baht.

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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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