Thai police have arrested 15 members of the Macau Scam syndicate, including 10 Malaysian men, in an integrated operation in Danok, a town near the Malaysia-Thailand border.
The 10 Malaysians and five Thais were detained when the authorities raided five locations in Danok on Wednesday.
“The syndicate managed to fraudulently rake in more than five million baht (RM657,000) a month from their victims, who are mostly from China, Taiwan and Malaysia,” Thai Immigration acting police chief Maj-Gen Surachet Hakpal said in Songkla today.
The syndicate would usually post advertisements on Facebook on efforts to build temples and 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.