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Patong Police warn of credit card thieves

PHUKET: Police are trying to track down a foreign man and his accomplices for stealing tourists’ credit cards to buy valuable items including iPhones and gold jewellery.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 15 February 2023, 09:21AM

Image: Phuket Provincial Police

Image: Phuket Provincial Police

Police have issued a photo of the man, with a description that he was of Asian appearance and usually wore a white cap and black sneakers, and carried a black shoulder bag.

The man had presented stolen credit cards to buy items, and usually presented a fake American passport as identification.

He had bought five iPhones and gold jewellery worth more than B120,000, police said.

Police believe the man is part of a gang working together.

The man would often arrive at a store just before it is about to close for the day in order to take advantage of staff wanting to rush so they could leave work.

He would present a fake passport with the name and surname corresponding to the stolen credit card, police said.

Police issued a warning for all store owners, and especially department stores, to beware the man entering their store.

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The warning came in a notice marked as issued by Phuket Provincial Police on Jan 29, but so far has only been issued publicly by Patong Police, alluding to where the man and his accomplices have been operating.

Police urged store owners to have their staff check the signature on the back of any credit cards presented and to make sure the name in the passport and credit card presented match.

They also suggested having the customer remove their face mask in order to confirm the true appearance of the person presenting the credit card.

Police also suggested having the customer present other identification documents as well, such as a driver’s licence, and for staff to take a photo or a photocopy of the extra identification documents.

Police also asked staff to have the person customer show the SMS sent to their phone confirming the transaction to be conducted.

Police also asked staff to ask the customer where they were staying, so the staff could confirm by calling the accommodation venue.

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Pooliekev | 15 February 2023 - 15:48:04

@JohnC. Yes, the police are urging shop staff to put an end to crime at source. Have you a problem with that? Should we have a policeman with every shop assistant to witness every purchase? I would say think before you post but thinking requires a brain, or at least some semblance of one. 

Kurt | 15 February 2023 - 10:33:51

If owners of stolen credit cards reported lost to the card company, than the shop staff see cards are blocked. Is the USA passport false, than a false driving license is easy to produce as well here. What the police is urging/suggesting are the normal routine shops should handle/follow. Simple.

JohnC | 15 February 2023 - 09:31:46

So police are asking the staff to help them do their jobs in collecting all this information.


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