E-banking scams take new guise

The Royal Thai Police is intensifying its hunt for Thai and foreign criminals who run scam call centres that send fake SMS messages to trick victims into replying with their bank account details.

The widespread adoption of online payment methods in Thailand was highlighted by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society showing that the number of internet users in Thailand has leapt from about 18 million in 2009 to more than 50 million in 2020. More than one in five activities carried out on the internet involves a financial transaction of some kind.

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Bangkok Post Reporter