Phuket Man Arrested for Alleged Hotel Booking Scam

Phuket –

A man from Phuket was arrested in Mae Hong Son after he allegedly scammed more than 40 victims with damages costing approximately 800,000 Baht in hotel bookings.

The Cyber Crime Police told the Phuket Express that earlier this week they arrested a suspect identified only as Mr. Sunthorn, 37, from Phuket. He was arrested in Mae Hong Son, Northern Thailand. He is being accused of fraud by importing distorted information into a computer system.

The arrest came after Thai police received complaints from more than 40 victims with damages costing more than 800,000 baht. Mr. Sunthorn reportedly managed many Facebook pages with different names but avoided using real hotel names on the pages.

However, Sunthorn allegedly posted real photos of hotels and provided them to victims who contacted his Facebook pages. He asked victims to deposit money in advance when they booked. When the victims arrived at their hotels, they were unable to check in because the bookings were fake.

Sunthorn did not immediately release a plea but remained in custody as of press time

Goongnang Suksawat
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 four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some 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.