Couple swindles B2m in romance scam

Couple swindles B2m in romance scam

One woman told she had qualified for 'World Bank' loan ... if she paid a fee

Officers at the Nong Prue police station in Chon Buri show a document they say a suspect used to dupe Thai women out of money. (Photo by Chaiyot Pupattanapong)
Officers at the Nong Prue police station in Chon Buri show a document they say a suspect used to dupe Thai women out of money. (Photo by Chaiyot Pupattanapong)

CHON BURI: A Nigerian man and his Thai wife were arrested on Saturday in connection with an online romance scam that swindled Thai women out of more than 2 million baht.

Police, armed with a search warrant issued by the Pattaya Court, raided a house in Sattahip district and apprehended Uchenna Joseph Amujiogu, 40, and Wassana Kanchiak, 36. 

Pol Col Chiddecha Songhong, the Nong Prue police chief, said the arrest followed a complaint lodged with police in February by a woman who asked not to be named.

She told police that she had contacted a Facebook user named “UD Danid” who had pretended to be an American military doctor. They later spoke on the Google Hangouts application, the woman said, adding that the man called himself David Mandy. 

The man later told her that the “World Bank” had approved a loan of US$500,000 (about 15 million baht) for her, but he asked her to first transfer $50,000 for “operating expenses” before he could give her access to the rest of the money.

She transferred the money via an online banking app, only to find out later that it was a scam, Pol Col Chiddecha said.



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