2 held in Thailand for e-mail fraud

2 held in Thailand for e-mail fraud

BANGKOK - A Nigerian man and his alleged Thai accomplice were held for e-mail fraud, accused of duping a Taiwanese firm into wiring Bt4.6 million. The Technology Crime Suppression Division commander, Pol Maj-General Siripong Timula, presented Stanley Onyaewae, 27, and Anchulee Siriwong, 34, along with a computer notebook, three mobile phones and a tablet computer to the press yesterday.

He said the suspects, nabbed at an apartment in Bangkok's Bueng Kum district on Tuesday, had allegedly joined other Nigerian gangsters to create an e-mail address similar to that of a Thai construction company to trick its Taiwanese client to wire Bt4.6 million for metal joints to Anchulee's bank account in April.

The woman reportedly confessed that she was asked by the gang to open the account in exchange for a 5-per-cent share of the amount wired. Siripong urged businesses that contacted clients via e-mail to check messages regularly, put in place a firewall and create more than two ways to contact clients, so as to prevent fraud.

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