A Danish man was arrested yesterday (October 17) for allegedly running a fraudulent hotel-booking website which conned over 400 European tourists out of an estimated 20 million baht.
The deputy commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau, Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal announced today that his officers had arrested 43-year- old Jacob Schultz on Tuesday at Central West Gate Shopping Mall in Nonthaburi.
A warrant was issued for Mr Schultz’s arrest on April 28 by the Criminal Court along with five Thais for deceiving the public and breaking the Computer Crimes Act by posting fake information online.
The warrant was issued after a credit card firm received complaints from multiple tourists.
The complaints centred around the website vacasianhotel.com which they claimed had conned tourists out of money by falsely booking accommodation in Thailand.
Once tourists arrived at their accommodation they were told they had not booked and then had to pay again for their stay.
The deputy commissioner said that the website was owned by Secure Systems Co Ltd, a company owned by Mr Schultz.
He stated that the money collected via online payments was then sent to Chantee Lomak, 36, who then sent the money to Schultz.
Officers are currently searching for the Danish man’s five accomplices.
Source: The Nation