Thais arrested as scam gangs busted in Cambodia

Thais arrested as scam gangs busted in Cambodia

These suspects are among 21 Thais arrested for working for a romance and investment scam gang in Cambodia. (Photo supplied)
These suspects are among 21 Thais arrested for working for a romance and investment scam gang in Cambodia. (Photo supplied)

Twenty-one Thais working for romance and investment scam gangs in Cambodia have been arrested and were expected to be returned to Thailand next week.

Details were announced on Wednesday by Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas, director of the Police Cyber Taskforce (PCT).

He said Thai and Cambodian police jointly raided two locations in Preah Sihanouk province on Tuesday and arrested  21 Thai people, men and women, working for fraud gangs.

All suspects were named on arrest warrants issued by the Criminal Court for public fraud, illegal assembly and money laundering, Pol Gen Damrongsak said. 

They were being held in custody by Cambodian police for legal action. After legal proceedings they would be deported to Thailand to face charges. They were expected to be sent back next week, through Khlong Luek district in Sa Kaeo.

The cyber taskforce chief said the gangs created fake online profiles using images of good-looking people in their profile, and approached their intended victims via the popular dating app Tinder and on LINE app. 

After gaining their trust, even earning their love, the scammers would dupe their victims into investing in  fraudulent forex trading apps or digital currency schemes. Many people had transferred money to them, Pol Gen Damrongsak said. 

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