Woman ar­rested for al­legedly us­ing some­one else’s photo

The Nation - - AROUND THAILAND -

A 32-year-old Bangkok woman, who was wanted for fraud after us­ing an at­trac­tive woman’s photo on a dat­ing web­site to dupe a 31-year-old Chan­thaburi busi­ness­man out of Bt98,000, has been ar­rested.

City po­lice chief Pol Lt-Gen­eral Sut­thipong Wong­pin said yes­ter­day that Nan­nalin Pakawat­suwan had been ap­pre­hended the night be­fore at the Rom Klao Hous­ing Es­tate in Lat Kra Bang district.

The ar­rest stemmed from a po­lice com­plaint filed last month by busi­ness­man So­rachat Pol­wat­tana.

He said a Thai woman nick­named “Kwan”, who he had never met in per­son but had be­friended through a dat­ing site, had bor­rowed money from him on var­i­ous oc­ca­sions, to­talling Bt98,000.

She failed to re­turn the money, he said, and a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion found that she had used an­other woman’s photo to im­press So­rachat with­out in­form­ing the first woman what she was do­ing. The wronged woman also filed a com­plaint with po­lice about her photo be­ing used in a fraud that she knew noth­ing about.

Fol­low­ing her ar­rest, Nan­nalin re­port­edly con­fessed to po­lice that she had com­mit­ted the fraud against So­rachat.

The case made head­lines on Thai so­cial me­dia, where the busi­ness­man drew both crit­i­cism for be­ing too trust­ing and sym­pa­thy for his loss. He also gave his side of the story on a Thai TV show, where the host shocked him by bring­ing out the woman whose photo had been used to lure him.

The show prompted many so­cial me­dia users to cheer for both … and hope they might date.

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