Masseuse 'lured into' web dating scam
- Published: 28/05/2013 at 08:41 AM
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A 23-year-old masseuse on Monday turned herself in to the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) after being implicated in an online dating scam, police said.
Tidawan Kongjan showed up at the CSD to deny any involvement in a scam in which a victim was duped into transferring 190,000 baht to her account.
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Police say Ms Tidawan, who works as a masseuse in Sukhumvit's Soi Nana, told them she was asked by a foreigner known to her as "Eddy" to open a bank account and obtain an ATM card.
She said she met the man on the internet and had no idea he would use the bank account in a scam.
Ms Tidawan decided to report to police after her name popped up in the media as a possible suspect in the scam.
Last week Nawaporn Chai-amporn, a 35-year-old secretary from Samut Prakan, lodged a complaint with the CSD that she was tricked out of 190,000 baht in an internet love scam.
The money had been transferred to Ms Tidawan's account.
In the apparent scam, Ms Nawaporn said a person she met online, who claimed to be "Mr Perry Franklin" from Australia, told her he wanted to marry her and would send her valuables.
According to the victim's complaint, she was advised to transfer 190,000 baht to a shipping agent named Tidawan Kongjan to pay for clearance and insurance fees to claim a parcel that never arrived. The operation is similar to dozens of other so-called "advance-payment" confidence tricks often associated with Nigerian criminals.
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