Vaccine scams tout Chulabhorn stock
People claiming to be officials from the Chulabhorn Royal Academy (CRA) have been using Facebook and Line accounts displaying a fake CRA logo to lure people into ordering Sinopharm's Covid-19 vaccine, defrauding them of millions of baht, a senior official at the academy told a media briefing yesterday.
Wanlop Yutithamdamrong, CRA deputy secretary-general, submitted a letter with evidence of the alleged scam to the Department of Special Investigation secretary-general Pol Lt Col Korawat Panprapakorn, asking the DSI to accept it as a special case.
Mr Wanlop said the CRA had earlier filed a complaint with Thung Song Hong and Nonthaburi police. However, since the fraud had now caused millions of baht in damages, the CRA wanted the DSI to take the reins.
"We obtained information that the scammers began using social media accounts to deceive people after the CRA imported the first lot of Sinopharm vaccines.
"They claimed to be CRA officials, but we had no clear evidence against them. They talked to groups of people via the accounts about the acquisition of the vaccine and persuaded them to place orders and transfer payment, claiming the buyers would get the vaccine at a lower price than that set by the CRA," he said.
CRA legal counsel Nakanan Ruamjai said the scammers had repeatedly closed accounts and opened new ones after each round of fraudulent preorders.
Pol Lt Col Korawat said he would assign a working committee to decide whether to accept the case for investigation.