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Mother and daughter arrested in Central Thailand for romance scam

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Mother and daughter arrested in Central Thailand for romance scam

The Crime Suppression Division (CSD) has arrested a Thai woman and her daughter in Saraburi for cheating their victims out of nearly 3 million baht in a “love scam”.

Colonel Wiwat Chitsophakun, Superintendent of CSD Subdivision 3, said suspects Sunantinee Sakaethong and her 63-year-old mother Ratchanee Sakunaue were arrested after a team was deployed to search five sites in Nong Khae district.

The duo was wanted on July 16 under arrest warrants from the Thonburi Criminal Court for fraud, impersonating another person and entering false information into the computer system.

Police also seized four mobile phones, a tablet, a desktop computer, a passbook, an ATM, documents and edited photos of senior officials in government agencies.

Initially, the couple denied all allegations. They were then taken to Phasi Charoen Police Station for questioning.

The arrest was followed by a victim’s complaint to the CSD, who had lost nearly all of his retirement savings as a result of the fraud.

The scammers, Colonel Wiwat said, were using a fake Facebook profile called “Chrysilla Celandina Celia”, which featured celebrity photos as their profile picture. The pair posted fake stories intended to make “Chrysilla” appear real, and often claimed to have met senior officers in state and private agencies.

Using the fake profile, which had more than 20,000 followers, the two targeted wealthy victims through online dating apps, chatting with more than 100 Thais and foreigners. After building a relationship with the victims, they threatened to send edited voice recordings or fake chat histories to the victims and their families. One victim, who reported it to CSD, lost millions of baht to the couple, Colonel Wiwat said.

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