Fake Driving License Scam Still a Major Issue on Facebook in Thailand

Thailand –

The Department of Land Transport Phuket Office has continued to warn of what they call an online and illegal driving license scam where there are still more than 200 Facebook pages and accounts scamming people.

The Department of Land Transport (DLT) Spokesman Mr. Saksom Akkarapan revealed to the press that legal actions have been taken against 164 Facebook pages for online driving license scams. However, there are still more than 270 of these Facebook pages and accounts in operation.

The post states that a legal driving license service is being offered with no need to go to the Land Transport Office by yourself, take an exam, test, or any qualification requirements.

The fee is from 1,000 baht to 6,000 baht. When victims transferred money to the scammers, the suspects disappeared or sometimes the victim got fake driving license cards.

Victims could even face legal action for using fake documents and could be imprisoned from six months to five years and fined from 10,000 baht to 100,000 baht.

Meanwhile, these scammers shall also face legal actions for making fake documents.

As for the people who manage the Facebook pages for online driving license scams they shall face legal action for offending the Thailand Computer Crimes Act.

They shall face legal actions such as imprisonment up to five years or fined up to 100,000 baht or both.

To get a legal driving license, people can book a space in the queue via the ‘DLT Smart Queue application.

TPN media adds that we delete and remove scam posts for these licenses on a daily basis on our social media groups and that our team has seen the scam is still very prevalent.

Our previous coverage:

The Department of Land Transport Phuket Office has warned of what they call an online and illegal driving license scam.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The TPN National News, owned by our parent company TPN media.

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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.