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Five suspects captured in Thailand for $76M crypto investment fraud

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  • Five individuals have been arrested in a joint international operation for involvement in a massive cryptocurrency scam.
  • The fraudulent scheme operated under BCH Global Ltd., deceiving at least 3,280 investors into putting money into gold and the cryptocurrency USD Tether.
  • CCIB spokesperson Kissana Phathanacharoen confirmed ongoing communication with victims about their legal rights and options for filing complaints.

In a significant development, a joint international operation led to the arrest of five individuals suspected of orchestrating a massive cryptocurrency scam. The suspects, four Chinese nationals and one Lao citizen, are now facing multiple charges, including public fraud and money laundering.

The operation, spearheaded by Thailand’s Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau (CCIB), involved cooperation from Homeland Security Investigation and other global law enforcement agencies.

The scam operated under the guise of BCH Global Ltd., a fake Bitcoin (BTC)  investment platform. According to the Bangkok Post, the platform lured at least 3,280 victims. Investors were deceived into putting their money into gold and the cryptocurrency USD Tether (USDT).

In November last year, the victims began reporting the scam to authorities. The CCIB then delved into the case, uncovering that the same individuals were also running other fraudulent schemes. As a result, the five suspects now face multiple charges. These include public fraud, conspiracy to conduct transnational crime, money laundering, and introducing false information into computer systems.

On August 10, the Attorney General’s Office initiated the prosecution. By September 4, the Anti-Money Laundering Office had seized assets worth 585 million baht. Kissana Phathanacharoen, a spokesperson for the CCIB, confirmed that the organization would continue to communicate with the victims about their legal rights. Those affected can file a complaint through the CCIB’s hotline or official website.

Speaking on the broader issue, Phathanacharoen emphasized the devastating impact of investment fraud. Victims often fall prey to scams, lured by promises of large, guaranteed profits in short timeframes. They often invest their life savings or even take out second mortgages on their homes.

The CCIB has issued a stern warning in light of these alarming trends. The bureau urges the public to exercise extreme caution when dealing with investment-seeking websites and foreign mobile applications.

This case serves as a cautionary tale, highlighting the need for vigilance in the rapidly evolving world of digital finance. It also marks a milestone in the fight against transnational cybercrime, demonstrating the effectiveness of international cooperation in bringing fraudsters to justice.

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