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MANILA, Philippines - Three Filipinos were among 15 foreigners arrested by Thai authorities for allegedly running a call center scam that duped people into wiring more than Bt320 million (more than US$10 million or more than P400 million) into their bank accounts.
A report Saturday in the Thai English language newspaper The Nation did not identify the suspects but said six are British, two American, two Romanian, three Filipinos, a German and a South African.
The report said the suspects were arrested at an apartment in Sukhumvit Soi 13 from where they operated the scam, which was based on bogus stock market trading.
The Nation quoted Thai police as saying the suspects, posing as independent brokers, would tell their victims, mostly Westerners, that they could make a 95-percent profit on their investments in return for a 25-percent cut of the profits.
The ring allegedly had a Swiss bank account from which they would transfer money to Malaysia and then to Thailand.