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3 Britons arrested in call centre scam
« on: June 20, 2012, 06:13:39 PM »
BANGKOK, June 20 - Three British nationals were arrested for alleged involvement in a transnational call centre scam, Thailand’s Immigration Bureau chief said on Tuesday.


Police Lt-Gen Wiboon Bangthamai, commissioner of the Immigration Bureau, said the three suspects were arrested with telephones, internet connection devices, computers and documents about the victims.

The detainees were identified as Richard Ian Cook, Stovell Matthew Niel and Carroll Matthew Peter.

Gen Wiboon said the arrest came as police searched a room in Sukhumvit Soi 26 in the Thai capital after finding that a broker company was set up to lure victims from abroad to transfer money for investment.

According to the commissioner, the calls were made via internet-based telephone from Thailand to European countries such as England, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden and Austria to convince the victims to transfer their money to a bank account opened in Switzerland.

Gen Wiboon revealed the investment fund started at two million baht or around 50,000 euros per person and the money was then transferred from Switzerland to the bank accounts in Malaysia and then finally forwarded to Thailand. One fourth of the money was disbursed to persons opening the accounts, another 25 per cent for call centre staff, and the rest for the head of the gang who lives in Malaysia.

The suspects however denied all charges.

They were initially charged with overstaying their visas and will be declared persona non grata.

Police are now conducting further investigations to find if there are more accomplices. (MCOT online news)
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Re: 3 Britons arrested in call centre scam
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2012, 06:31:02 PM »
Ah, scammers. Wherever there is an expat, following shortly behind is a scammer: http://www.fsa.gov.uk/consumerinformation/scamsandswindles/investment_scams/boiler_room

More classic scams here http://my.telegraph.co.uk/expat/annabelkantaria/10146370/common-dubai-scams/. Sadly, you can change 'UAE' to 'anywhere' and get the same result.

Remember ostrich eggs? A guaranteed (certified) get-rich-quick scheme. Hundreds fell for it. Followed by such other classics as 'Man Not Included' - the sperm shop for lesbians.

Funny thing money: everyone wants it, and a significant number of people think your money would be better transferred (by fair means or foul) to them. Generally, these people are known as 'bankers' and can be found at the ears of senior politicians throughout the world - the other ear being occupied by media moguls.


 

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Re: 3 Britons arrested in call centre scam
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2012, 07:07:52 PM »
Yes, what a bunch of bankers.

Perhaps though, anyone stupid enough to transfer money to a Swiss bank account after just a phone call deserves everything they get. If it sounds to good to be true then it usually is. It's the same with these guys who rip-off rich investors in Ponzi schemes, the investors who are being greedy should realise that it's not risk free and shouldn't bleat like a teenager when it goes south because it was your greed that allowed you to fall into it in the first place.

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Funny thing money: everyone wants it, and a significant number of people think your money would be better transferred (by fair means or foul) to them.

Reminds of these often heard of Thai women that think they have a right/claim to whatever money you have or have worked hard to get before you get to the country just because they opened their legs for you.
 

 



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