Pawini Unruang 27-year-old a single mother from Buriram Province is asking for help from related sectors after a famous Facebook page used her account to accept transfers for a product. The page advertises herbal shampoo on their website along with promoting on personal Facebook accounts. Those who share the posts will receive a percentage. The account owners will be asked to send in their bank account information. During the first few transactions, the owners receive 200-300 THB as a commission. Then after a while, they started to receive bigger transactions at 4,000-5,000 THB. The page then messages them stating that this was a wrong transaction and to send the money back.
Pawini didn’t think much of it and just transferred the money to an account as indicated by the page. After about a month Pawini wanted to put money in her sim card but her bank account had been frozen. She contacted the bank and found out the Facebook page had used her bank account to scam others online. Customers believed the page and transferred money into the account number as stated by the page but never received the products as promised. 5 victims have come forward so far and filed police reports in Nakhon Sawan, Chonburi, Ratchaburi, Samut Prakan, and Samut Songkhram Province. As a result, Pawini cannot use the bank account that is in her name.
She is struggling and is surviving by borrowing money from relatives to help pay off people who filed a report against her. The damages range from 2,000-6,000 THB per victim. When she explained what the truth behind each case was, the victims revealed they felt sorry for her situation but they were scammed also. After paying off all the damages the victims have withdrawn their reports and will not be pressing charges on Pawini. The problem is an officer in Samut Songkhram is asking her for 50,000 THB as a cost to help unfreeze her bank account. Pawini doesn’t understand why the officer is asking for 50,000 THB when all victims are not pressing charges along with withdrawing their police reports. She is also a victim of the Facebook page but the responsible officer on the case won’t let her file a report.
FB Caption: Pawini had to borrow money from relatives to pay off damages caused by the Facebook page.