Major Call Center Scam Bust in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand – A significant breakthrough occurred when authorities apprehended a total of 55 Chinese and 35 Thai individuals in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The arrests were made in connection with a large-scale call center scam that had been operating in the region.

The Investigation

The Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau received crucial information about the illicit activities and swiftly coordinated with local law enforcement. This joint effort culminated in a series of raids across the Chawang district, targeting multiple locations suspected to be involved in the scam.

The Raided Places

During the course of this operation, authorities raided eight specific places:

1. Hotel: The investigation led them to a hotel where the suspects were allegedly conducting their fraudulent operations.
2. Commercial Buildings: Several commercial buildings were also targeted, believed to be hubs for the scam.
3. Houses: Residential properties were searched, uncovering evidence related to the criminal activities.
4. Warehouse: A warehouse was among the locations raided, possibly serving as a central point for the scams operations.

The Chandee Sub-District

One notable detail is that these targeted places were all situated in the Chandee sub-district, an area just outside the city of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Chandee is known for its diverse population, including both Thai and Chinese residents, and hosts numerous businesses.

Seized Items

The authorities made significant seizures during the raids:

– Computers: A total of 228 computers were confiscated, presumably used for running the call center operations.
– Mobile Phones: 1,037 mobile phones were recovered, likely containing crucial evidence.
– SIM Cards: 521 mobile phone SIM cards were found, indicating the scale of the operation.
– Bank Books: 80 bank books were seized, potentially linked to financial transactions.
– Firearms: Guns were discovered, raising concerns about the criminal group’s activities.
– Unpaid Tax Items: The suspects were also in possession of items related to unpaid taxes.

Charges and Legal Implications

The arrested individuals face a range of charges, including violations of the Immigration Act, the Customs Act, and being part of a clandestine group with unlawful intentions. Legal proceedings are underway, and the suspects will be held accountable for their actions.

Community Vigilance

This successful operation underscores the importance of community vigilance and cooperation in combating such scams. Authorities encourage residents to report any suspicious activities promptly, ensuring the safety and security of the region.

As the investigation continues, the focus remains on dismantling criminal networks and safeguarding the public from fraudulent schemes.

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.