Police from the Thai Police Consumer Protection Division today announced that 6 suspects have been arrested in connection with a 20 million baht Covid-19 test scam. The suspects allegedly offered to sell ATK tests on 4 Facebook pages, charging around 10,000 people 900 baht per box if there was a shortage of test kits, according to police general Anant Nanasombat. After the test kits failed to arrive, buyers could not contact sellers.
Now Anant promises to catch the plotters behind the scam. The 6 people captured so far are between 19 and 48 years old. They were arrested in the provinces of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Udon Thani, Yasothon and Songkhla. The division’s superintendent, police colonel Neti Wongkularb, said around 20 million baht had flowed through the suspects’ bank accounts. The suspects are 5 men and a woman.
This is not the first time Thai criminals have used the disease as an opportunity to make money. Last month, a Bangkok nurse was arrested, accused of defrauding the public in a flu shot scam that netted millions of baht.
The nurse had started a program to administer flu shots in businesses, factories and government offices. She reportedly told investors they could earn 25 baht per dose of vaccine, saying she had signed a deal with a healthcare company, Abbot Laboratories, in Bangkok. Initially, investors received returns, before payouts stopped and the scam was discovered.
Following complaints from several people who had lost over five million baht, authorities launched an investigation and found that no agreement existed with Abbott Laboratories.
THE SOURCE: Bangkok Post