BANGKOK: The Royal Thai Police (RTP) has turned to their Malaysian counterpart for assistance to track down the remaining members of a fraudulent call centre following the arrest of six Malaysians in Bangkok recently.
This was confirmed by Police CID director Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd during his recent working visit to Thailand.
He said the request was made during a meeting with his Thai counterparts.
"The close ties have long been established and covers various areas of cooperation," he said during a recent interview with Bernama.
It is learnt that several individuals, who are believed to be masterminds of the phone scam syndicate, are located in Malaysia.
On Jan 4 and 5, Thai police raided several hotels in Huai Kwang and Sukhumvit in Bangkok, detaining six Malaysians believed to be members of the syndicate.
Also seized were bank account passbooks, credit cards, automated teller machine (ATM) cards and money withdrawal receipts, mobile SIM cards, mobile phones as well as cash in Thai and Malaysian currencies.
The investigations found that one of the suspects was pooling all the money collected from victims and transferring it to several bank accounts under the names of Thai and Malaysian citizens, before sending it out of the country.
According to Thai police, about 1.2 million Baht (approximately RM150,000) had been siphoned out of the country.
Wan Ahmad Najmuddin said not too long ago, call centre fraud scams in Malaysia – commonly known as 'Macau scams' – were often carried out by African nationals or those from China and Taiwan.
"Now, Malaysians are going (to Thailand) to deceive the people here," he said.
Meanwhile, Thailand's tourist police deputy head, Maj Gen Surachet Hakpan, who also heads the nation's efforts to eradicate call centre scams in the country, said the authorities would coordinate with their respective counterparts from other countries to nab the remaining members of the syndicate. – Bernama