Thai cops arrest 3 Malaysians over call centre scam

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SONGKLA: The Thai police arrested three Malaysians including a pregnant woman in the tourist town of Hatyai here for allegedly being involved in a call centre scam.

Songkla Immigration Police chief, Maj Gen Jeksada Yaisoon said the three Malaysians and a local resident were detained when withdrawing money at an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) in Hatyai on Friday at 4pm (local time).

“They were responsible for withdrawing money from ATMs on the syndicate’s instructions,” he told reporters here, adding that they were given two per cent commission for every withdrawal.

He said the two men, aged 43 and 28, and the 26-year-old pregnant woman were from Ipoh and were believed to have been working for the syndicate for the past two months.

Jeksada said the Thai authorities found 17 local and Malaysian bank ATM cards, various local bank books, cash, withdrawal slips and identity cards after detaining the four suspects.

The four were now detained at the Hatyai Police Station for further investigation, he said.

On Tuesday, a 38-year-old Malaysian was also detained in Bangkok and was also believed to be working with a call centre scam syndicate.

According to Thai police, the suspect revealed that he was given a four per cent commission for every money withdrawn from an ATM machine and would leave Thailand immediately after completing his work. — Bernama