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Ranong slot machine. ATM glitch gives customers 10 times more cash.

Caitlin Ashworth

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An ATM in southern Thailand turned into a very generous slot machine as lucky customers were getting 10 times the amount they had asked to withdrew. One person withdrew 2,700 baht, but the machine handed out 27,000. Another withdrew 1,200 baht and got 12,000.

Some people filed a report and handed the money immediately over to Ranong police over the weekend. Others may have figured it was their lucky day and pocketed the cash. The Siam Commercial Bank, SCB, is asking people to return the extra cash, or there will be consequences. Police say people can face charges relating to misappropriation with a maximum of 3 years in jail and a fine up to 60,000 baht.

They say they have the CCTV and records of the withdrawals to be able to track down dishonest customers.

The manager of the Ranong SCB says the ATM servicer programmed the machine incorrectly, causing it to dump out 10 times the amount requested.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

 

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    Ned

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Nothing free in Thailand

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    Michael Lewis

    Monday, September 7, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Yes they do have CCTV. And, there is no excuse for the banks not to make use of this CCTV and return swallowed ATM cards to the rightful owners instead of telling the owners that the cards have been destroyed and new cards must be purchased at the bank. Some Thai banks even refuse to reimburse customers when hackers have cleaned out their bank savings, customers must sue any bank that refuses to replace their money that has been stolen from the banks safekeeping.

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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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