Suspected Taiwanese call centre gang leader nabbed by tourist police

Tourist police have arrested an alleged Taiwanese ring leader of a call centre scamming gang and two Taiwanese accomplices at the Suvarnabhumi international airport and at a coffee shop in Samut Prakan on Saturday.

The arrest of Mr Luo Lui-jia, the alleged ring leader, at the Suvarnabhumi international airport and Yoeng Choeng-lian and Liang Goen-pin at a coffee shop in Muang district of Samut Prakarn was announced on Sunday by Pol Maj-Gen Surachet Hakparn, deputy commissioner of Tourist Police Bureau.

One ATM card, two bank books, 30,000 baht in cash and cash withdrawn slips were confiscated Yoeng and Liang.

The arrest of the three Taiwanese followed the arrest of three other Taiwanese on last Wednesday at an apartment room in Lat Phrao Soi 130, Bang Kapi district, by tourist police. Five bank books, four ATM cards, about 100,000 baht in cash and cash withdrawal slips were seized from the apartment room.

Pol Maj-Gen Surachet said that information extracted from the three Taiwanese suspects of a call centre gang led to the arrest of the alleged ring leader, Luo Lui- jia, at the Suvarnabhumi international airport.

The gang members would make phone calls to victims, duping or convincing them to wire money into their accounts, he said, adding that the gang managed to cheat almost 100 million baht from its victims.

The tourist police are now handling 287 fraud cases involving call centre scamming gangs with over 144 million baht being embezzled by the gangs. But the police managed to retrieve 12 million baht, including seven million baht in cash and the rest valuables from the gangs.

Altogether 173 Thais were suspected to have opened bank accounts to facilitate money transfers into the accounts by the call centre gangs.