Cyber crime-busters get tough

Death of stressed teen puts CCIB on the warpath, with young woman accused of defrauding him behind a string of scams

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The Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau (CCIB) is moving to tighten rules around e-commerce to combat online shopping fraud which has gained wide public attention following the death of a 14-year-old boy who died from a haemorrhagic stroke after learning he had been duped.

CCIB commissioner Pol Lt Gen Kornchai Klayklueng said his unit has roped in the Bank of Thailand in its fight against consumer fraud targeting what are known as “mule accounts”.

These bank accounts, which are opened and owned by third parties, are primarily used by scammers to collect ill-gotten proceeds and more often than not cannot be traced back to them.

The CCIB has floated a proposal asking commercial banks to consider urging online vendors to register with them to add credibility to their stores, and banks have welcomed the idea, he said.

Details will be discussed with the Thai Bankers Association and the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) and a plan to root out fraudulent vendors is expected to take shape by the end of this year, he said.

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