Online criminals seeking donations for Ukraine on false pretences, Thai police warn

Criminals sought donations via social media, using popular news stories to prey on potential victims.

The Nation

The Nation



March 11, 2022

BANGKOK – Royal Thai Police deputy spokesman Pol Colonel Siriwat Deephor said on Thursday that criminal gangs were using popular news stories to prey on potential victims, including using the ongoing military conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the actress’s death under mysterious circumstances.

He said the criminals sought donations via social media, claiming the funds raised would be spent on arranging the actress’s funeral and helping people evacuate from war-torn Ukraine.

“You should take precautions and verify the identities of the persons seeking donations. This way, you can avoid becoming victims of the criminals who use other people’s sufferings as their tool to make money,” Siriwat said.

He warned that such a deception is an offence under the Computer Crimes Act and carries a maximum imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to 100,000 baht.

Suspicious acts and fraudulent schemes seeking donations can be reported round the clock by calling 191 or through the Royal Thai Police hotline 1599.

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