Thai police bust 'call centre' scam

The scam netted more than $300 million from victims in mainland China and Taiwan. [ABC]
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The scam netted more than $300 million from victims in mainland China and Taiwan. [ABC]

Last Updated: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 21:26:00 +1100

Thai police have arrested a gang of Chinese and Taiwanese con artists responsible for a "call centre" scam that conned more than $300 million out of people in mainland China.

They were seized at an upmarket rented house in Bangkok which they used as their base, along with hi-tech equipment such as routers and Internet telephones.

Police Major General Prawut Thavornsiri said they were caught in a joint operation between the police and the Department of Special Investigation (DSI).

The gang of 15 Chinese and seven Taiwanese called people in China and convinced them to transfer money via ATM by pretending they were calling from their bank or the police.

DSI deputy director general General Yannaphon Yangyuen said that according to Taiwanese authorities the gang had scammed more than 10 billion baht ($325 million) from their victims.

Another DSI official said they would be handed over to immigration police to check on their legal status in Thailand.

Similar scams by Chinese gangs targeting Chinese credit card holders have been reported in Taiwan and Malaysia.

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