Connect with us

Phuket

Wanted: Phuket scam artists impersonating Governor

Published

 on 

Wanted: Phuket scam artists impersonating Governor | Thaiger

PHUKET: Police are hunting for a group of scam artists wanted for impersonating the Phuket governor to solicit donations for an imaginary provincial development campaign.

In a meeting yesterday afternoon, Gov Tri Augkaradacha warned people not to fall victim to the scam.

The scammers have been calling both government offices and private businesses asking for donations, typically from 30,000 to 40,000 baht.

The funds are purportedly needed for a provincial sports development program.

Among the mobile phone numbers used by the group were 083-964 4413 and 086-170 0012, he said.

He also gave the account number of two Kasikorn Bank accounts set up in Bangkok to accept the swindled funds.

As part of their pitch, the scammers make reference to Football Association of Thailand president Worawee Magudee to gain more trust, Gov Tri said.

Gov Tri said he was very angry that people were using his good name to defraud people.
Among the victims was his own son-in-law, who transferred about 60,000 baht to the con artists, he said.

Phuket City Police Superintendent Wanchi Ekpornpit is leading the investigation, he said.

— Pimwara Choksakulpan

 

Get more from The Thaiger

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.

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Central Thailand3 mins ago

Whale watching season begins in Phetcha Buri

Special Features12 mins ago

Top 10 studio condos in Phuket (2022)

Crime46 mins ago

Thai court overwhelmed with evidence in Forex-3D fraud case

Sponsored6 hours ago

International money transfers made fast, secure and transparent with DeeMoney Neo App

Tourism52 mins ago

Airport expansion plans hastened across Thailand

Thailand57 mins ago

Viral video: American man joins Thai dance in Isaan rite

Politics2 hours ago

China backs Thailand to make APEC a success

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Politics3 hours ago

Gen-Z students oppose an unelected senate 17 to 1

Thailand3 hours ago

Foreigner allegedly using dogs to scam Chiang Mai locals

Cannabis News3 hours ago

Tourist breaks Singaporean law by consuming cannabis in Thailand

Northern Thailand3 hours ago

Large, endangered Indochinamon Bhumibol crab spotted

Thailand4 hours ago

Foreigner caught stealing luggage at Bangkok airport

Philippines4 hours ago

Tropical Storm Noru hits the Philippines, 5 rescue workers killed

Travel5 hours ago

Thai drinks you must try while in Thailand

Thailand5 hours ago

Passengers stranded after airport train breaks down

Cannabis News5 hours ago

Prices plummet on cannabis, farmers ask for regulation

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

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

Phuket2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Trending