Thailand: romance scammers arrested

Miyuki

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Facebook courtship costs woman Bt1 million

Around Thailand February 08, 2018 13:14
By The Nation


Just in time for Valentine’s Day, police are rounding up members of a gang of foreigners accused of running a “romance scam”.

Accomplices are being sought after two Nigerians were arrested on Wednesday.

Tourist Police Deputy Commissioner Pol Maj-General Surachet Hakpal said Emeka Celestine Eze, 31, was apprehended at a condominium in Bangkok’s Bang Na area on Wednesday in possession of multiple ATM cards, and Oliver Obioroh, 44, was picked up at Don Mueang Airport.

Court warrants had been issued for both men that same day in connection with a police complaint filed by an unnamed victim in Kamphaeng Phet who claimed to have transferred Bt1 million to the gang.

The victim said she’d been courted on Facebook by a good-looking foreign man who proposed marriage.

Then he claimed to have mailed her an expensive gift, but it had been seized at Customs and she needed to send him Bt1 million to cover the excise tax on the item.

Police found that the Facebook account belonged to a Nigerian who’d used another foreign man’s photo as the profile picture in order to dupe Thai women.

Eze and Obioroh are accused of withdrawing cash from ATMs for the gang, which Surachet said laundered dirty money through cover businesses in Pratunam district.

More victims in Kamphaeng Phet have come forward with similar complaints.

Surachet said the Nigerians’ arrest was part of a weekly “Black Eagles” police operation targeting crimes among immigrants. Wednesday’s haul was 16 suspects, including the two Nigerians.

Emeka Celestine Eze and Oliver Obioroh.jpeg
 

De Master Yoda

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Wednesday’s haul was 16 suspects, including the two Nigerians.
Nice work by the police, Well done! I understand that the prisons there are not very nice so the scammers will not have a happy future to look forward to.

Emeka Celestine Eze, 31, was apprehended at a condominium in Bangkok’s Bang Na area on Wednesday in possession of multiple ATM cards, and Oliver Obioroh, 44, was picked up at Don Mueang Airport.
 

GhanaGeria

Na Frustrate Go Kill All Diss Phools?
Other recent ones over there as well. Wot a pity? - I wonder how they are able to get people over there to join with them and become a part of these romance scams too?

https://news.thaivisa.com/article/27250/big-joke-takes-down-four-nigerian-romance-scammers-and-16-thai-associates-too

https://www.thaiexaminer.com/thai-news-foreigners/2018/08/12/nigerians-thai-police-targeting-thai-women-seeking-love-online-scammers/

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1540570/5-nigerians-12-thais-held-in-romance-scams

Nice work by the police, Well done! I understand that the prisons there are not very nice so the scammers will not have a happy future to look forward to.
Seems they should be able to make a few friends over there in the prisons:

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/246707-1000-nigerian-youth-languishing-thai-jails-ambassador.html
 

De Master Yoda

Emeritus
over 1,000 Nigerians are languishing in Thai jails for different crimes.
My contacts working there say that there is a shortage of plane seats, as so many Nigerians are waiting to be deported back to Nigeria.

I also understand that the thai jails are NOT good places to be.
 
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