The TACTICS with the help of the Immigration police caught a Romance Scam gang in Samut Prakan. A woman in Saraburi lost over 250,000 THB to the gang thinking it was being sent to a foreign man. After the women realized what was happening to her, she decided to contact the police for help.
In the beginning, she was contacted by a handsome foreign man on Facebook. After chatting on Facebook for a while they became close and one day the man told her he was sending a gift to her address here in Thailand. A few days later, she was contacted by a female who claimed to be an officer from the Thai Customs Department.
Although such scams appear to be common and have been used for years, some men and women still fall to the scam out of romance or through the beliefs that they have met their soulmate. Hopefully, the news will help more people out there to realize that you shouldn’t trust someone with a sum of money if you haven’t met them in real life or know them at a personal level.
The so-called officer informed the women that she needed to pay a fee in order to accept the delivery. She believed what she was told and sent the money to a bank account named Pichet Chaiyaphum. The police tracked the account and discovered that the money was withdrawn by another woman named Pisana Gijget through an ATM machine. An arrest warrant was issued for both suspects.
The police discovered that a man named Chinagrom Chedrak Aunyanyu from Nigerian was the husband of Pisana, the women who withdrew the money from Pichet’s account. Together they lived in an apartment located at Samut Prakan. The police went to inspect the room and discovered a computer that was logged into the Facebook account used for romance scams. The police also discovered Chinagrom had overstayed his Thai Visa.