2 Chinese, a Thai accused in credit-card scam

2 Chinese, a Thai accused in credit-card scam

Two Chinese men and a Thai man were arrested for allegedly using fake credit cards in Phuket's Muang district, police told the press yesterday.

Chinese nationals Tang Yongjie, 39, and He Haibin, 24, along with Thai citizen Thongthaem Bumratkhen, 23, were presented to the press along with evidence including nine fake credit cards, a notebook computer, two card reader/writer devices, one credit-card-reading machine, a router and 70 credit-card slips.

The credit-card receipts showed purchases from Thongthaem's shop from Dec 26 to 30.

After Kasikornbank filed a police complaint about fake credit cards being used at Thongthaem's shop, police swooped in and arrested the two men and the shop owner on Tuesday.

Police said the bogus credit-card transactions totalled Bt700,000 (S$28208) and the two Chinese men were waiting for Thongthaem to withdraw the cash.

The Chinese duo will also face the additional charge of making fake credit cards.

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