April 19, 2024
Thai Authorities Arrest 5 Suspects in $27M Cryptocurrency Scam
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Thai Authorities Arrest 5 Suspects in $27M Cryptocurrency Scam

Thai authorities have apprehended five foreign nationals associated with a fraudulent cryptocurrency investment platform that swindled more than $27 million from local investors. As reported by the Bangkok Post, the Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau (CCIB) of Thailand arrested four Chinese individuals and one from Laos for masterminding a deceptive investment scheme that defrauded more than 3,200 local citizens.

The CCIB initiated its investigation after affected investors came forward in late 2022, reporting losses incurred through investments made. They sought the assistance of the United States Homeland Security Investigations and other international law enforcement agencies.

The five suspects have been taken into custody and charged with collusion in transnational crime, public fraud, and money laundering. In August 2022, the Office of the Attorney General in Thailand began proceedings to prosecute the suspects.

Subsequently, the anti-money laundering office seized 585 million baht worth of personal assets from the accused. Kissana Phathanacharoen, a spokesperson for the CCIB, emphasized that investment schemes remain the most financially damaging type of scams reported in the country. Victims often invest their life savings or take out loans secured by their homes or properties to participate in such schemes.

To enhance investor protection and safeguard user funds held by custody providers, Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission introduced new requirements for virtual asset service providers in January 2023. It was revealed that scammers have become increasingly sophisticated, even targeting MetaMask users by employing government-owned website URLs to deceive victims and gain access to their cryptocurrency wallet holdings.

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