Chiangmai: Police in Chiangmai have tracked down and arrested a 32 year old suspect known as DC. He came to Bangkok in 2012 under a student visa and since then, he has been in and out of Thailand. KasinunPromnasjinda, a 28 year old Thai woman who is based in Bangkok is his girlfriend and this is a scam syndicate which involves 18 members, most of whom are in custody. The Nigerian scammer would use multiple fake Facebook accounts to befriend these women. The victims would then think that he would transport a millions dollars of goods they purchased but they need to pay the tax fee before the delivery process starts. His girlfriend was tasked with managing the transactions.
This latest victim and the modus operandi of the scam follows a familiar pattern. The victim would be befriended on Facebook with the gang using the picture of a handsome foreigner in a profile. Chat would soon turn to “love” and marriage was proposed. She was told that she would be sent two million US dollars to buy a house and other expensive items in Thailand but before they could do that, she need to pay a tax fee. She was beguiled by DC’s girlfriend, the Thai woman KasinunPromnasjinda who impersonated as a custom officer over the phone saying that she has to pay a million baht of tax money to facilitate these matters. She transferred money in excess of one million baht in several exchanges before the penny finally dropped and she reported the matter to the police.
The arrest was issued by Provincial Police Region 5 in Chiang Mai, on January 24 at a resident on Ramkamhaeng Road, Min Buri, Bangkok. Four people have been arrested including DC, and his Thai girlfriend. Police Colonel ThawatchaiPongwiwatchai, a deputy commander at the Region 5 police believes that there are likely many more victims of the gang yet to come forward. Most victims are lonely and retired Thai women over 40 year old.