Call centre crackdown – members of public start to get their money back!
Members of the public who have been victims of call center con men have started to get their money back.
Yesterday top brass cops were pictured handing over some large checks to the first recipients of money recovered by Thailand’s police.
The call to get tough on the call center gangs – some preying on Thais but many using Thailand as a base to rip off people abroad – has come from the top levels of government.
Yesterday special forces chief Thanitsak Thirasawat was joined by metropolitan commissioner Charnthep Sisawej and tourist police deputy commissioner Surachet Hakpal in announcing the sixth successful operation.
So far there have been a total of 98 arrests and 120 million baht has been recovered.
Then came the checks – one person in disguise got 990,000 baht another 459,000.
A 75 year old woman from the Ratanathibet area of Nonthaburi got 64,000 baht. Daily News reported that she had been told that a package had arrived containing drugs.
She was persuaded to transfer money to one of the gangs even though she was innocent.
Police have noted that calls to a hotline number, 1171, have now slowed as the crackdown bites.