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Bangkok: Watchdog urges slower money wire transfers to track scams
Publicado el Feb 11, 2011

Bangkok Post.- The Anti-Money Laundering Office will call a meeting of 38 financial institutes next week to ask them to slow down the process of wiring money overseas to prevent call centre scams.

Amlo deputy director-general Seehanart Prayoonrat said yesterday he would meet the financial institutions to discuss measures to prevent phone fraud gangs from taking money from their victims.

They would be asked to delay money transfers to overseas destinations to allow the authorities enough time to run checks and stop suspicious remittances in time, said Pol Col Seehanart.

Staff from the Department of Special Investigation and Amlo have monitored phone fraud gangs operating in the country, mostly in Phatthalung, Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya and Chon Buri.

Investigations found that many victims had been lured to transfer their money to a single account, said the Amlo deputy director-general.

This suggested that gangs that operated overseas and those operating in Thailand were the same network.

The DSI and the National Telecommunication Commission have recently issued a measure requiring those who use "voice over internet protocol" (VOIP) for money transfers to show their VOIP numbers, as crime gangs often lured people to transfer money via VOIP, said Pol Col Seehanart.

He threatened to take action against those hired to open bank accounts to receive money from victims of the fraud gangs.

A source said gangs lured their victims to transfer money to them via major commercial banks including Kasikornbank and Bangkok Bank because they have many customers using transaction services and money transfers were also fast.

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