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Five Taiwan nationals arrested for telecom fraud in Malaysia

2018/02/20 20:05:28

Photo courtesy of Thai police

Bangkok, Feb. 20 (CNA) Thai police participated in the arrest of 11 suspects for cross-border telecommunication fraud, including five Taiwan nationals, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday in a joint operation with Malaysian police, a senior Thai tourist police officer said.

In addition to the four men and one women from Taiwan, the remaining six suspects were all Thai citizens, said Surachet Hakpan, deputy chief of the Tourist Police Bureau.

The bureau organized a special investigation team after receiving a series of reports of telecom fraud offenses with Thai victims claiming they were swindled out of their bank savings, Surachet said.

On Jan. 26, the team and their Malaysian counterparts took action, detaining seven telecom fraud suspects in Kuala Lumpur. Of the suspects, three were Taiwanese, two were Malaysian and two were Thai nationals, according to Surachet.

Following Tuesday's arrest, the authorities are investigating whether the two cases are connected. Meanwhile, Taiwan's representative office in Thailand is assisting the ongoing investigation.

(By Liu Te-chang and Elizabeth Hsu)