At least 100 Thai women have been cheated out of a total of more than 100 million baht through Facebook accounts run by conmen offering marriage and wanting explicit photographs they then used to blackmail them, police said on Friday.
Two Trang women filed a complaint with the police, reporting that they have been scammed into transferring almost 100,000 baht to a gang of blackmailers. There were many other victims who were too ashamed to come forward, they told police.
The gang members posed as attractive looking foreign males and approached them via their Facebook accounts. The first woman said a man named "Wyne Smith" had promised to marry her, while another woman had unknowingly sent "compromising" photos of herself to "Alex Chris".
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