Thai police bust gang in China 'call centre' scam
Thai police Wednesday arrested a gang of 15 Chinese and seven Taiwanese who operated a "call centre" scam that conned more than $300 million out of people in mainland China, officials said.
Wednesday 28 March 2012, 06:58PM
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.
The gang 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 told AFP 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.