Bangkok, the 22nd of October 2010 [PDN]: CIB Deputy Chief Major-General Panya Mamen revealed the arrest to be a result of cooperation between the Thai Immigration Police, Taiwanese Authorities and the CIB.
Thirteen suspects were arrested at a house in Bangkok’s Huay Kwang district, while ten others were nabbed in the Laksi area. The operations head was identified as Yao Wen Ho, overseeing the communications center, coordinating the call scam from Bangkok since September 2009.
According to the CIB, the gang made phone calls from Thailand to deceive Chinese and Taiwanese nationals to transfer funds the accounts of the gang using various devious methods including, tax refunds, credit card debt and the theoretical award of travel bonuses.
Under investigation, the CIB uncovered further evidence of call centers similar in setup operating in the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam. Accordingly, each month the operation in Thailand had quota to extort at least Bt10 million, which would be distributed amongst the perpetrators. They are thought to have benefited to the tune of Bt1.2 billion in the 12-months of operation in Thailand.
In addition, the suspects arrested on Thursday are thought to have been using fraudulent travel documents to enter and exit the kingdom, while they were preparing to depart Thailand at the time of the CIB’s raid.
At present, that have all been charged with working in the Kingdom without legal permission and conspiring to make counterfeit government documents. Investigations into the gangs scamming operations are still in progress.