15 Japanese nationals nabbed in call center scam

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The Thai Immigration Bureau on Wednesday told Thai media that fifteen Japanese nationals had been rounded up and arrested for allegedly running a call centre scam.

Police said the Japanese suspects will be deported back to Japan on Friday.

The group of scammers was rounded up on March 29 in Pattaya City after luring over 200 million yen (1.8 million U.S. dollars) from Japanese victims. They allegedly ran a phone scam targeting mostly elderly people in Japan by using extortion tactic.

Police said an estimated 200 Japanese victims were affected.

Thai TV displayed footage of police seizing dozens of Internet telephones, routers, equipment and documents written in Japanese.

Acting Immigration Bureau chief Pol Lt Gen Sompon Chingduang said on TV that the Japanese criminal gang had caused 200 million yen in damage.

Thai police is handing over the suspects to Japanese authorities on Friday to face charges in Japan.

According to Japanese media, Japanese phone scam gangs have been on the rise using Southeast Asian countries as their operation bases.

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