SmartLand app rip-off: Phuket arrest made, victims lose tens of millions

On the popular vacationer island of Phuket, a 25 12 months previous man has been apprehended on charges of facilitating a mule account for a fraudulent application often recognized as SmartLand. The software has reportedly swindled people out of millions of baht.
Exclusive , referenced by authorities solely as Winat or Oil, was arrested in a high traffic life-style shopping mall positioned within the Thalang district. This data was reported yesterday by the Investigation Division Metropolitan Police Bureau (IDMB).
IDMB officers, who have their base of operations in Bangkok, had been those to initiate the arrest of Winat. Assisting in this operation have been officers hailing from Provincial Police’s Information Technology Crime Suppression Center, also identified as PCT 5, a unit primarily tackling cyber-fraud and related points, with jurisdiction over the Chiang Mai region to the north.
It was unveiled by authorities that Winat was apprehended based mostly on an official arrest warrant for an alleged fraud crime. The corresponding arrest warrant, numbered 461/2566, had been issued by the Nonthaburi Provincial Court again on July 19.
The cunningly deceptive SmartLand utility had tricked a large number of people. A famend female information anchor was amongst the victims who misplaced hundreds of thousands within the process. The most recent victim was swindled out of 1 million baht, as reported by IDMB officers.
The irresistible allure of the ‘SmartLand’ app was its promise of appearing as a dealer for land transfers and title upgrades, whereas falsely claiming to be operated by a Department of Lands officer primarily based in Phuket. Local police confirmed the arrested man’s involvement.
“During the investigation, Winat admitted his lively role in lobbying for the fraudulent utility.”