Trio held over B1m scam

Trio held over B1m scam

Crime Suppression Division (CSD) officers have arrested three people suspected of hacking Facebook and Line accounts in a swindle involving about one million baht.

The three suspects have been named as Sararat Lamlerd, 26, Chutikarn Chanlek, 22, and Apichart U-aon, 35.

Ms Sararat has been the subject of a Nakhon Ratchasima court warrant for impersonating another person, fraud and downloading false information from another computer.

Ms Chutikarn was wanted by a court in Ayutthaya for impersonating another person and fraud, while Mr Apichart was implicated in a drugs charge.

Ms Sararat was arrested yesterday at her house in Bangkok's Min Buri district, while Ms Chutikarn and Mr Apichart, her boyfriend, were arrested nearby in the same district.

The trio had worked together since 2016 to hack into Facebook and Line accounts and obtain money from friends of account users, said the CSD's Pol Col Arun Wachirasrisukanya.

He said they could dupe each victim out of 10,000-30,000 bath and police found they had obtained around one million baht through such criminal means.

Pol Col Arun said Ms Sararat had told officers Mr Apichart and Ms Chutikarn hired her to open accounts to receive the money and had been paid 2,000 baht for each account she opened. She said she had opened three accounts and also was hired to later withdraw money from those accounts, for which she was paid 1,000-2,000 baht each time.

Police found drugs while searching Mr Apichart's house so he faces an extra charge, said Pol Col Arun.

The police took Mr Apichart to Min Buri for questioning, Ms Chutikarn to Bang Pa-in police station in Ayutthaya province and Ms Sararat to Nakhon Ratchasima police station, Pol Col Arun added.

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