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Two Thai men impersonating immigration officers were arrested yesterday in the Kannayao area of northern Bangkok.
Their modus operandi was to find foreign victims then phone their relatives to extort money for their release, reports Thairath.
But they got caught in a sting set up by local police after a man suspected he was being fleeced.
Arrested were Asawin (or At) Bualuang, 30, of Bang Khen, Bangkok and Teera (or Ton) Upphong, 30 a native of Sakon Nakorn.
Earlier Somchai Mahaderrai, 22, had reported that he was the subject of an extortion request and had been asked to pay 3,500.
Cops laid in wait at the end of Soi Khu Born in Ram Intra and made the arrest of the two suspects who admitted everything.
Their urine also tested positive for the use of amphetamines.
Police asked anyone who may have fallen victim to the two men to contact officers at Kannayao police station.