Woman arrested for allegedly using someone else’s photo
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.