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Reports from the UK that former PM Thaksin Shinawatra is dead are just clickbait.
Reports of Thaksin’s demise appeared on a site designed to resemble the UK’s “Daily Telegraph” website.
But telegraph-tv.co.uk is just a con site though it appears to have other news of a true nature.
The former PM’s daughter Paethongtan Shinawatra – better known as “Ung-Ing” went on Instagram to say: “My dad is fine – he is in great health.”
But following a purported Twitter message of condolence from US Presidential candidate Donald Trump, Ung-Ing seems to have been taken in a bit by the story.
“I would like to thank Donald Trump for his best wishes,” she said, “even though you must be so busy with the election”.
A message from @realDonaldTrump reported on the same Telegraph site said: RIP Thaksin Shinawatra. You contributed your part to the world.
But this was shown to be just more clickbait and totally false though it was retweeted more than 20,000 times and liked 46,000 times.
Manager.co.th reported that .uk domain names are easy to get for a 350 baht and there are no checks. Some fake sites use .me.uk or .org.uk as well, said the Thai news site.
Manager claimed that .th has more credibility with domain names verified through t.h.nic co. ltd that costs at least 856 baht and can set you back 7,704 baht for ten year usage.