AS victims of criminal debiting of bank accounts or credit card deductions continue flocking to file a complaint at various police stations today (Oct. 18), police came out to warn people to not reveal the three- digit security code on the back of their cards, TV Channel 7 said.
The victims who have grouped together online said small sums of money, less than 100 baht, had been repeatedly withdrawn in rapid succession. Some people’s accounts have been completely drained this way.
Pol. Col. Krisana Pattanacharoen, deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police, said fraud victims in many areas were either filing complaints at the local police station or the Technology Crime Suppression Division headquarters.
He urged people to not reveal the three-digit number on the back of their credit or debit cards for online transactions to ensure safety in meeting daily expenses. They should also prevent scammers from taking photos of the front and back of their cards.
They were advised to set a low limit for cards used in online transactions.
Read earlier report: Money drained out of tens of thousands of bank accounts
Meanwhile the Thai Bankers’ Association clarified that data on these cards had not been leaked from the banks but through payment for goods and services at online stores registered overseas.
The association also said this is not a money draining app as has been reported by some media.
Top: Pol. Col. Krisana talking to the press. Thai headline says, “Be careful of the three-digit number on the back of the card.” Photo: TV Channel 7
Home Page: Part of well-known news anchor Mr. Sorayut Sutasanachinda’s bank transaction report showing quick withdrawal of small sums of money. Photo: Sanook.com