Some Nigerian men totalling eight, and six Thai suspects have been arrested for alleged collusion in an online romance scam, swindling nearly BT2 million from Thai women in several parts of the country.
While speaking at a press conference on Monday, August 6, the Thai Deputy Tourist Police chief, Maj-General Surachate Hakpan, said that the investigation began after complaints from victims - each of whom wired between Bt300,000 and BT500,000 to the gang.
The Police chief said that the Thai suspects including at least four Thai women, aided the gang by opening bank accounts and withdrawing cash for the foreign suspects.
Despite the Thai suspects’ claim of innocence, he said they would face a charge of public fraud and abetting trans-national crimes, which is punishable with up to 10 years imprisonment.
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