The boy’s death leads to the arrest of ‘phone fraud’.

The boy’s death leads to the arrest of ‘phone fraud’.

Teenager accused of cheating 500 students

Piada Thongkhampan is in police custody in Chiang Mai on Tuesday. (Photo provided)

A 19-year-old girl wanted in connection with a mobile phone fraud has surrendered to police in Chiang Mai.

Police believe that Piyada Tongkhampan deceived about 500 people by selling non-existent phones online. One of the alleged victims was a 14-year-old boy who died of a hemorrhagic stroke when he found out he had been cheated.

Ms. Piyada advertised the phones through her Instagram account Phone By Minute. Police say the account has more than 60,000 followers, which gave it an online reputation.

He allegedly targeted only students and lured them by selling phones at very cheap prices.

The fraud came after the death of 14-year-old Nong Kang, a secondary school student in Chiang Mai.

Her family said she paid 5,000 baht for an iPhone 7 she needed for online classes. After paying the money, she could not contact Ms. Piyada as the phone was not delivered. The pressure is believed to have caused a hemorrhagic stroke that killed him.

On Tuesday, Ms. Piyada surrendered to Chiang Mai Provincial Police to hear the allegations. Police said Ms Piedada denied all the allegations and claimed she had never spoken to the boy. She admitted that she was an online seller of used mobile phones but stopped selling them last year.

Prior to her surrender, 18-year-old Norwimon Chamnan and 19-year-old Senam Phong Chenamaran were arrested on suspicion that Ms. Piyada had hired them to open a bank account for them. Ms. Piyada denied knowing the two suspects.

Police believe Ms. Piyada has cheated more than 500 victims in the past five years. Each of its victims lost between 3,000 and 30,000 bhats.

His property and other assets have been confiscated by the Anti-Money Laundering Office.

Police also found that there were other arrest warrants against Ms. Piyada and that she was on a fraudulent blacklist and was involved in duplicitous schemes at the age of 16.

In addition to the Phone Bement account, Ms. Piyada is thought to have created other social media accounts where she offered cheap mobile phones and kept people up to 8,000 baht to open a bank account. ۔ Police believe he has a total of 150 accounts. One belonged to his dead mother.

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