10 Malaysians linked to ‘Macau scam’ nabbed in Thailand

Thai police raided five locations in Danok. (AFP pic)

SONGKHLA: Thai police arrested 15 members of the Macau Scam syndicate, including 10 Malaysian men, in an operation in Danok, a town near the Malaysia-Thailand border.

The suspects, five of whom are Thais, were detained when the authorities raided five locations in Danok on Wednesday.

“The syndicate managed to rake in over 5 million baht (RM657,000) a month from their victims, who are mostly from China, Taiwan and Malaysia,” said Thai Immigration acting police chief Surachet Hakpal here today.

The syndicate would usually post advertisements on Facebook on initiatives to build temples as well as houses of worship and inviting people to “donate” towards the cause by depositing money into a particular account, he said.

Surachet said the syndicate was led by a Malaysian man known as “Ah Khun”.

In the raid, police seized 51 mobile phones, a computer, dozens of bank account books and ATM cards as well as 41,500 baht (RM5,400) and RM31,000 in cash.