Connect with us

Phuket

Con men pick the wrong target

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

Con men pick the wrong target | Thaiger

PHUKET TOWN: Two alleged con artists from Africa were arrested late Tuesday night for trying to pull one of the world’s best-known con-tricks – the black-paper-into-cash scam. Unfortunately, their target was a cop who, instead of taking them up on their offer, took them downtown. Pol Lt Akanich Darnpitaksart, deputy inspector at Phuket Town Police Station, said 30-year-old Tchouffang Moukeumen, sometimes known as Eddy Aime, from Gabon, and Roland Tchaye, 25, from Cameroon, checked into the Thavorn Hotel in Phuket Town on Tuesday. Late that night the two men went to the lobby of the hotel and started chatting with staff at the front desk. One of the hotel employees told the police that the two guests were very friendly and gave the impression that they were businessmen looking for land to buy in the Patong area. They told one of the employees that they knew how to make 2,000 baht turn into 6,000 baht, and invited him up to their room to see how it was done. The employee demurred, saying he had to be on duty, but told the two that a friend of his might be interested, and that he would send the friend to their room. The employee then called the police. Pol Lt Akanich, masquerading as the friend, went to the hotel room with 2,000 baht cash. “First they inserted the two [1,000-baht] bank notes between two pieces of black A4 paper and put some kind of white powder on top of and between the pieces of paper,” explained Lt Akanich. They pressed the pieces of paper onto the notes, “then they took the notes out and put them in an envelope which was attached to another one containing four pieces of black paper the same size as a 1,000-baht bank note. “They pressed the two envelopes together and then they turned off the light and filled a plastic tray with some kind of chemical. They soaked the two envelopes in the chemical for a while. “When they were finished, they turned the lights back on and pulled six 1,000-baht notes from the envelopes,” Lt Akanich told the Gazette. Tchouffang and Roland were arrested immediately after their demonstration.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube 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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Myanmar3 hours ago

Myanmar’s economy to shrink by 18% due to military coup and Covid-19

Singapore4 hours ago

Singapore plans to vaccinate 80%, reopen with quarantine-free travel by September

Thailand6 hours ago

Pattaya suspects arrested for live streaming breaking curfew

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand6 hours ago

Sinovac/AstraZeneca highly effective, according to Thai research

Phuket7 hours ago

Phuket vice governor says “Sandbox” tourists aren’t scared off by Covid situation

Thailand7 hours ago

Ministry of Education seeks 21.6 billion education subsidy

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Coronavirus (Covid-19)8 hours ago

The ‘infodemic’ – interview with Helen Petousis-Harris about Covid misinformation

Best of9 hours ago

Phuket’s 8 Best Rooftop Bars

Coronavirus (Covid-19)9 hours ago

Ayutthaya logs 255 new infections, hospital beds full

Thailand9 hours ago

Another “monkey war” in Lop Buri, hundreds fight in the street- VIDEO

Thailand10 hours ago

Plantations International provides Pattaya with provisions

Coronavirus (Covid-19)10 hours ago

Monday UPDATE: 15,376 new infections, Provincial report

Thailand11 hours ago

Thai baht goes from top-performing to worst-hit currency in Asia

Coronavirus (Covid-19)11 hours ago

Covid train cancelled, SRT cites lack of passengers

Coronavirus (Covid-19)12 hours ago

Government submits proposal to allow department store restaurants to sell food online

Thailand5 months ago

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

Tourism5 months ago

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

Phuket5 months ago

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

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

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

Tourism5 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending