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He is now being held in Bangkok awaiting legal proceedings.
Pranom Ithakhenee is Marketing Manager with Thai Love Lines, Thailand’s leading international dating site and confirms that such activities exist.
‘The primary origin of such scams is from Nigeria and Ghana but these people are operating from bases across Europe and Asia including Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and Hong Kong.’ There is always a number of security officers working within Thailovelines.
The dating website has set up its own security department within its operations office to combat the threat.
The scammer had flirted and interacted with Thai women on the popular chat app.
Thai police revealed that, having gained of the trust of Thai women, the accused man would create fabricated story which would end up at a point where a large sum of money, which the scammer purported to be bringing with him to Thailand, was confiscated at the airport.
In fact, the scammer had never was based in Bangkok all the time.
The elaborate scam, which was being used by the Nigerian, involved a customs officer ringing the women and the Thai women being requested to send a sum of money to pay tax or duty on the funds confiscated.
This followed scores of complaints from Thai women who had reported the matter to the police.
Nigerian man arrested by Thai police on suspicion of operating an online scamming scheme targeting Thai women on online dating sites.
This followed scores of complaints to the Thai police.
‘In the last five years the most popular international Thai dating site in Thailand, has launched an information campaign for users to become aware of the threat posed by such users.
‘It is really such a pity because there are many positive relationships and positive things that happen on our dating site every day of the week but this problem can make it so there is an air of suspicion and with some users even suffering paranoia which is not what we want but it is understandable, we like to tell our users that once they are aware of the threat and know about things like this then they are protected if they simply listen to our advice.’ The dating site officer reveals that thwarting online scamming is a challenge faced by every social network in the world and she believes that there are many different operators and gangs throughout the world involved.