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A Phuket woman has been charged under the Computer Crime Act and for fraud after she created a fake Facebook account by using someone else’s photo and a fake name in order to dupe people into sending her money for a camera they would never receive.
Armed with search warrant, police arrested Piyanuch Singkhala, 23, at her home in Mai Khao, in northern Phuket, yesterday (Nov 4). Police seized from her house a bankbook and seven post office receipts for parcels sent.
Phuket City Police Deputy Superintendent Col Sakchai Limjareon, accompanied by Lt Col Somsak Thongkleang, announced Piyanuch’s arrest at a press conference today (Nov 5).
The raid followed police receiving a complaint filed by Benjaporn Phumkleng, 24, on October 20.
In her complaint, Ms Benjaporn claimed that someone had used a photo from her Facebook page and created a fake profile and sold items online.
The bogus Facebook persona offered to sell a camera priced at B20,000 for only B5,500, but the camera would be sent by post only after the amount had been transferred into her account.
“We confronted Piyanuch with the seized items and other evidence and she confessed to our investigator that she created the fake Facebook by using Ms Benjaporn’s photo and the fake name ‘Preeya Sookkhee’,” explained Col Sakchai.
“Piyanuch said that instead of sending people the camera, she would send them flip-flops, shampoo or conditioner to them,” he added.