Police nab 6 as loan scam claims victim

Police nab 6 as loan scam claims victim

Six Thais and a Chinese man were arrested in a crackdown on loan scams which followed the death of a man in Kamphaeng Phet, who committed suicide after losing 130,000 baht to fraudsters online.

Commissioner of the Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau (CCIB), Pol Lt Gen Kornchai Klaiklung, said the suspects were arrested in Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Suphan Buri, Sa Kaeo, Phangnga and Bangkok.

The suspects were arrested over their links to a website that advertised quick personal loans, which turned out to be a scam.

The website attracted the police's attention when a 44-year-old in Kamphaeng Phet killed himself for losing 130,000 baht to the scammers after applying for a 100,000-baht loan.

In total, seven people were wanted by the police. The suspects in custody were identified as Jatuporn Ruekmongkol, Hayeera Faprathan, Kannika Sriyod, Nichakorn Pansuwan, Chawalit Phanjampee and Chia Guajun.

As of yesterday, one person, Jirayut Namwiya, remained at large, according to the police.

Pol Lt Gen Kornchai said a woman identified as Trinate Sa-wee in Suphan Buri was also arrested for operating a similar scam.

Her victims, he said, included a 10-year-old girl in Phichit, who was offered a 6,000-baht scholarship via Line chat by the suspect.

She was tricked into transferring 900 baht to "reclaim" the scholarship but never received the money.

He said the suspect sent thousands of similar messages via Line. Almost 500 people lost about 400,000 baht as a result of the scam.

Pol Lt Gen Kornchai said authorities are working to locate the woman's alleged accomplice, which he identified as Thanatorn Muangsaimoon.

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