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Call centre gangs exploit vulnerable victims

Closer look: Police officers examine items seized from a call centre scam gang after a raid in Bangkok in August. The items, marked as evidence, include mobile phones and cash worth altogether more than 10 million baht. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)

A 68-year-old housewife lost 1.5 million baht in savings within 30 minutes after she answered a phone call from a gang of scammers. A member tricked her by posing as a bank agent and telling her she was eligible to receive 5,000 baht from a new government financial aid scheme.

They asked if she wanted to receive the money through a bank branch or a mobile banking app….

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