Tweet Share Share 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. It has emerged that such online activity involves preying on both Thai women and foreign men online.
Daily News Thailand Thai women have been leading the surge in internet usage in the Kingdom for years. As well as education and job searching, one notable trend is the large number of Thai women using international dating sites. Some become victims of online scamming gangs, originating in Africa, who target both Thai women and also the foreign men who use the popular websites.
Despite repeated warnings from the authorities in Thailand, many Thai women have become victims of online scammers on international Thai dating and social network sites. Indeed Thai police have revealed that the target of these scammers is not only confined to Thai women but also to Europeans, Americans and other men from western countries. Nigerian man arrested for scamming Thai women online In early December , Thai police arrested a Nigerian man, Mgbenka Oyalulu Ogochukwu, 35 years of age and detained him at a police station in Bangkok.
The man was accused of creating false profiles of European men and women in a scam which netted nearly , baht. In this instance, the perpetrator was using the online app known as LINE. One of the scammer identities was that of a European man known as Luis Mark. The dating profile used a false photograph of a good looking European man.
The scammer had flirted and interacted with Thai women on the popular chat app. Con artist gained the trust of Thai women online 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. Police Major General Chan Vimonsri said that the accused man had entered Thailand in to work at fashion business in Pratunam in Bangkok but later became involved in this industry.
Scores of complaints from Thai women to the police This followed scores of complaints from Thai women who had reported the matter to the police. It was revealed that each Thai women had been conned out of an average of , baht. The Thai women told the police that they had started with online chat contact with Ogochukwu posing as an attractive European on Facebook, Line and Thai dating websites. The man suggested to the women that, while he was living and working in Europe, he would soon be moving to Thailand.
During the call, the women were informed that the man was being held at Bangkok airport with more than 1 million baht in cash and needed , baht transferred immediately to pay customs.
The Nigerian admitted to police that he had made contact online with more than women. He is now being held in Bangkok awaiting legal proceedings. The dating website has set up its own security department within its operations office to combat the threat. This was confirmed by a report last years where a Thai woman was arrested by the Royal Thai Police carrying millions of baht which had been extorted from Thai women.
It is thought that she was working and assisting the scammers involved in this activity. Security and key advice for Thai singles using dating sites online The Thai dating site now advises its users not to make contact users off site as the website has installed security features in an effort to protect users from such activity.
It has also blocked all payments for Premium membership from Malaysia through its main payment gateway. The new security system includes detecting suspicious profiles, IP locations with regularly security sweeps of the site.
The security programme also allows profiles to be suspended and a warning notice placed for other users as well as alerts to users who are found in chat contact with suspicious dating profiles. However in order for our dtang site to work, users have feel secure and the best way to do this is to brief our users so that they are aware of this potential threat. Please follow and like us: About the Author Carla Boonkong Carla Boonkong is a magazine writer who writes extensively about woman's issues in Thailand.
One of her key subjects is the story of Thailand's growing influence in the world and the role played by Thai women in the process. She is now a staff writer with Thai Examiner.