Thailand: Scammers arrested in Pattaya
21 Million Baht multinational Email scammers arrested in Pattaya
17th February 2012
A Laos national was allegedly scammed out of 21 Million Baht by a group of three foreign nationals who used a popular email scam technique to persuade the victim to send the money which would be used to obtain paperwork which would unlock funds totaling 2 Million US Dollars held in a United Nations account. As part of the process, the Laos woman would have to marry the email sender, who falsely claimed to be an Admiral in the US Navy. The Laos victim realized it was a scam after she had sent the money and reported the crime to Police in Nong Khai, Province in the North-East of Thailand, where she resides. In cooperation between the Tourist Police in Nong Khai and Region 2 Police, it was determined that the 21 Million Baht had been sent to bank accounts owned by a Russian National, Miss Yulia Maksimova aged 24 and Mr. Pual Michael aged 42 from Mozambique and in cooperation with the banks it was determined the money had been withdrawn from Pattaya. All 3 suspects involved in the alleged scam were arrested at View Talay Condominium in Jomtien. Miss Maksimova and Mr. Michael were joined by another suspect who was carrying two passports, one from Nigeria and the other from Zambia under the names of Mr. Biodun Agbajeola aged 40 and Mr. Abiton Tembo aged 31. Items were seized including ATM cards from banks around the world and although the suspects deny any involvement in the scam, they have been charged with fraud and will be transferred to Nong Khai Police for further processing.
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