B50m bank 'mistake' costs woman job
A Kamphaeng Phet woman has sought help from the Crime Suppression Division after she claimed a bank mistakenly transferred 50 million baht to her account, then asked her to travel from Taiwan to deal with the matter in Thailand, causing her to lose her job.
- Published: 28/01/2013 at 08:52 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
The complaint was filed on Monday by Kornkamol Katekaew, 23, who was accompanied by women and children's rights advocate Paveena Hongsakul, according to a report in Daily News.
A native of Khlong Khlung district in the northern province, she told police she went to work in Taiwan last year on a three-year employment contract with a Thai-registered overseas recruitment company.
Before leaving, Ms Kornkamol opened an account at a local bank near her home in tambon Wang Bua and had only a bankbook and no ATM card.
On July 1 last year, she received a telephone call from a woman who gave her only one name, Piyaporn. The woman claimed to be an employee of the bank.
She was told that a total of 50 million baht had been transferred into her account on June 29.
Ms Kornkamol asked for more details but the woman would not elaborate. Ms Piyaporn then pressed her to rush home to transfer the money back to the bank even though she tried to explain that returning to the kingdom meant she would violate her employment contract and lose her job which paid 35,000 baht a month.
Ms Kornkamol asked her mother to go to the bank for clarification the following day after she discovered that the 50 million baht had been genuinely transferred to her account. In the meantime, Ms Piyaporn kept calling her and threatening to sue her if she did not settle the problem immediately.
Fearing legal action, Ms Kornkamol finally left Taiwan and showed up at the bank on July 18, only to be informed that the transaction was the bank’s mistake.
The woman said she demanded compensation for her lost job and travel expenses but the bank rejected her request.
Pol Maj Gen Supisarn Pakdinarunart, chief of the Crime Suppression Division, said police had questioned the complainant and would look into the matter.
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