The Royal Thai Police Warns People About Scams That Are Still Taking Place In The COVID-19 Era

The Royal Thai Police has warned the public about various online scams and threats, noting that cyberbullying and spreading false information can result in criminal charges.
According to the National Police Office, citizens are urged to cooperate and report any illegal acts to the Thai Royal Police Hotline at 1599.

  1. Cyber Bullying
    Cyberbullying involves sending, uploading, or spreading unpleasant, harmful, misleading, or nasty content about others. While sharing intimate or private information about another individual may embarrass or humiliate them, some forms of cyberbullying are illegal. Violations of the Criminal Code, Section 328, can result in a fine of 200,000 baht or a two-year prison term.
  2. Illegal access to data (hacking)
    Hacking is a form of fraud where people are tricked into clicking links that promise rewards, gift vouchers, lottery entries, or ask for their bank information. Hackers can steal credit card details or passwords. Some can claim to be your friend or a call center asking for you to provide them with an OTP code or authentication code. To avoid being hacked, police advise people not to give out these codes or click on links from unreliable sources. Additionally, they emphasize the importance of setting strong passwords.
  3. Online shopping scam:
    It is not uncommon for online shoppers to not receive the products they bought. In most cases, a fraudster will either sell a damaged or low-quality item or nothing at all. You may also be asked to provide your credit card or bank account information by posing as a salesperson. Scams like this can also be found on legitimate internet classifieds. Checking the merchant’s history on Google before making a purchase can help you avoid becoming a victim of online fraud. It is possible to find out if they have ever committed fraud by searching their name, bank account number, or store name on Google.
  4. Dating and romance scams:
    Fake profiles are created on legitimate dating websites by scammers. The purpose of creating these profiles is to form a relationship with you in order to obtain your money and personal information. Scammers will build a strong rapport with you before asking for money for sickness, injury, travel, or family emergencies. By making you feel sympathy for them, they try to exploit your emotions. Scammers may spend months and months building a rapport. According to the police, people should avoid transferring money or investing in programs to which scammers send links.
  5. Loan scam:
    A loan scam occurs when a victim is persuaded to pay an advance charge for a loan. Most people who respond to an advertisement for a quick loan will have their application approved regardless of their credit history. Prior to receiving the loan, they are informed that they must pay a fee to cover loan insurance. After this fee is paid, the victim never hears from the company again, and the loan is never received.
  6. Fake News:
    It is possible for people to spread fake news on social media with bad intentions in order to create controversies, hatred, or panic among people. For this reason, it’s imperative to confirm the information’s reliability before passing it on. Thailand Anti-Fake News Center also provides information.

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