Police have arrested 24 Chinese and Thai suspects for staging a romance scam at a resort hotel in Chiang Mai and they allegedly cheated on numerous Japanese victims.
Police and immigration police arrested 22 men and two women at a hotel in Ban Nong Yao village of Fang district and seized a large number of computers and cellphones.
The gang rented out the whole resort hotel and turned it into a criminal base.
The alleged scammers used the fake profiles of beautiful women whose photos were copied through the LINE chat app. Through dating apps and the LINE app, the suspects approached Japanese men, formed relationships and tricked them into investing through a fraudulent software app.
Many Japanese men have fallen for the scam. The suspects were charged with unlawful assembly and public fraud. (TNA)