Bangkok man arrested for Facebook scam targeting transvestites

Friday, 27 June 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 26 By  Boonlua Chatree

A Bangkok man has been arrested for allegedly robbing transvestites he met through Facebook.

Weerachai Piyawisut, 33, was apprehended in a June 13 sting operation in Pattaya set up after a local transvestite filed a complaint at Lardprao Police Station that he’d been scammed by a Bangkok ladyboy looking for a date.

Weerachai Piyawisut (inset) was arrested in Pattaya after allegedly robbing transvestites he met through Facebook.Weerachai Piyawisut (inset) was arrested in Pattaya after allegedly robbing transvestites he met through Facebook.

Pattaya police used a fake Facebook account to set up a liaison with the Bang Kapi man, then arrested him when he arrived. A search of his room recovered a gold necklace, gold earring, gold pendant, gold ring, 13 micro-SD cards, 12 micro-SD adapters, 12 computer mice, 11 watches, seven mobile phones, 13 laptop bags, 16 wallets, and 4 Buddha amulets in gold frames.

Police said Weerachai confessed to a long-running scam using the online service to arrange dates with gay men and women, then rob them while the victims slept. He’d then resell the goods at Bangkok markets.

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