Six alleged cyber thieves have been arrested by police in Ratchaburi police after they had stolen almost one million baht from the bank account of a victim through the bank’s ATMs.
All the six suspects are natives of Ratchaburi province and aged between 17-30.
The arrest of the six suspects followed a complaint lodged with the police by Mr Pansuthee Meeluekit, owner of a car accessories shop in Ayutthaya province.
The victim told the police that one of the gang members offered to buy some accessories from his shop via Facebook and asked for a copy of his ID card and his bank account number so he could wired money into the account. He said he sent a copy of his ID card to the potential customer but with its ID card numbers covered up and told him his bank account number.
With the two pieces of information, the gang managed to make several cash withdrawals totaling 986,700 baht through different ATMs from Pansuthee’s bank account and transferring to another bank account opened by one of the gang members .
Pol Maj-Gen Sutthi Puangpikul, commander of Ayutthaya provincial police, told a press conference in Ayutthaya today that the six suspects split up their work, firstly, with one of them, using Facebook page to contact their target, Mr Pansuthee.
When the gang obtained the ID card copy, one of them would use the copy to make a fake ID card and used it to ask for a new mobile phone’s SIM card and with the new SIM card, the gang asked for the password of K-Mobile Banking from the call centre.
Once they obtained the password, the gang started transferring money from the victim’s account through ATMs to a new bank account they recently opened.
Pol Maj-Gen Sutthi offered his thanks to the victim’s bank and a mobile phone service provider for their information and CCTV footages which helped police in tracking down the cyber theft gang.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)