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Cambodia Draws Attention to Phone Scammers and Online Gambling Syndicates, 61 Arrested

Sixty-one people, 59 Thais and two Chinese, have been arrested in raids on a gang of phone scammers working in Preah Sihanouk in Cambodia, according to Thai police.

Twenty-eight were treated as suspects, five were lured into the operation and rescued and the rest are still under investigation, Cyber ​​Police director Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas said on Thursday. Taskforce (PCT).

Teams of Thai and Cambodian police raided two premises used as offices by the gang in Preah Sihanouk on March 20, said Pol Gen Damrongsak, deputy national police chief.

The first was an abandoned factory on Santepheap Road. Callers operating from there would tell people there were packages for them sent by DHL or FedEx, but customs officers seized them because they contained illegal goods.

Later, someone posing as a police officer from Muang Police Station in Chiang Mai contacted them and asked to look at their finances. The victims were then tricked into transferring money to the bogus officer, Pol Gen Damrongsak said.

Police arrested 28 people at the abandoned factory, including three suspected gang leaders – two Chinese nationals and a Thai man identified as Pornsak Reephol. They were charged with complicity in public fraud, unlawful assembly and money laundering.

The arrest team seized 30 iPhones, eight communication radios, four laptops, copies of conversations between gang members and their victims, as well as forged arrest warrants and other documents.

The joint police team also raided the Diwei Entertainment City building at 2 Thnou Road, where a casino concealed a phone scam operation on the fifth floor. Thirty-three Thais were found talking on the phone with intended victims when officers entered the office, Gen. Pol Damrongsak said.

A total of 61 crooks were arrested at both locations. Five of them who had been trapped to work for the gang were taken to the Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh.

Cambodian police, using information and intelligence collected by their Thai counterparts, are seeking to trap more suspects, both Thais and other nationals, not only in Sihanoukville, but also along Cambodia’s border provinces. -Thailand as well as other provinces located far from the border.

Investigations also revealed that most, if not all, of the Thai nationals scammed or tricked into coming to Cambodia had done so illegally and in search of a quick profit or an easy income or both and some were involved in human trafficking.

However, no cases or evidence of blood and organ harvesting were uncovered during investigations or raids, which did not appear to have deterred the unions.

More sustained and coordinated actions are expected, not only with the Thai authorities but also with other authorities in the days and weeks to come. Bangkokpost/Khmer Times

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