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4,000 bank accounts under suspicion of being used for illegal money transfers and deposits

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Over 4,000 bank accounts are suspected to be opened by individuals hired by tricksters, drug traffickers, call centre scammers or other criminal elements for use to keep or transfer money earned from illegal activities, said Maj-Gen Romsith Viriyasan, acting secretary-general of the Anti-Money Laundering Office, on Monday(Jan 15).

The Amlo chief chaired a meeting on Monday with representatives from the Bank of Thailand, the Local Administration Department and from 36 commercial banks and financial institutes to discuss measures to tighten up the opening of new bank accounts and to prevent criminal elements from using the services of banks and financial institutes to keep, transfer or launder their “dirty” money.

Full story: thaipbs.or.th

By Thai PBS


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