Suspect Arrested in Patong for Opening Bank Accounts for Scammers

Patong –

A man was arrested in Patong for opening a bank account, called a horse bank account, for investment scheme scammers in which he received 1,000 baht for his job.

The Central Investigation Bureau told the Phuket Express that earlier this week they arrested a suspect identified only as Mr. Chaiyapong, 29, from Phuket, at a house in Patong. He is being accused of fraud by importing false information into computer systems which caused damages to others.

The arrest follows after two years ago in which many victims were persuaded by scammers to work in online advertising by sharing products posted on social media.

The fake company asked victims to transfer a small amount of money to them to confirm their bank accounts for payroll before they can start their jobs to the suspect’s bank account (horse bank account). There were total losses of 100,000 Baht. After that, the scammer told victims that the victim processed the account wrong and that the victims needed to transfer more money.

Victims were curious and tried to further contact the scammers for a refund but failed before they filed reports to police.

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.