Police arrested 10 Chinese nationals for allegedly operating a call center scam and online gambling during a raid on two condominium units in Bangkok on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Wassayos Ngamkham)
Police arrested 10 Chinese nationals for allegedly running a call center scam and online gambling operation, with more than 100 million baht in monthly circulation, during a raid on a luxury condominium in the neighborhood from Watthana to Bangkok.
A combined team of officers from the Cyber Police Taskforce, Immigration Bureau and Tourism Police Bureau searched two condominium units on Soi Sukhumvit 39 on Thursday.
They apprehended 10 Chinese nationals, six of whom were wanted by Chinese authorities on arrest warrants, said Pol Maj Gen Phanthana Nutchanart, commander of the Immigration Bureau’s Investigations Division.
They seized 19 laptops, 79 cell phones, 167 SIM cards, Wi-Fi routers, OTP devices, 300 items to operate online gambling, 14 luxury watches, 10 bank accounts, three cars and a motorcycle.
Major General Pol Phanthana said the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok has requested the cooperation of Thai authorities to help track down 17 Chinese suspects involved in a call center scam in their country.
After police discovered the suspects were hiding in Thailand, they sought court permission to search four locations – the two condominium units and two other neighborhoods in Bangkok.
The suspects also operated online gambling sites and were involved in fraud. Many victims were Chinese nationals.
However, some Chinese suspects managed to escape. Police would find them, Pol Maj Gen Phanthana said.
Further investigation revealed that the suspects also operated six gambling websites with more than 100 million baht in monthly circulation, he said.
Some Thais were allegedly involved with them and rented the rooms to them at 50,000 baht per month, according to the police investigation.
Mobile phones, SIM cards, laptops and other items are seized from the suspects. (Photo provided: Wassayos Ngamkham)