PM orders probe into fraudulent withdrawals from tens of thousands of Thai bank accounts

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered relevant organizations to investigate people’s complaints about suspicious withdrawals from their bank accounts which were set up for automatic bill payments.

Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said the prime minister issued the order for solutions after many people had complained about such suspicious withdrawals which had limited amounts but recurred repeatedly.

The spokesman quoted Payong Srivanich, president of the Thai Bankers’ Association, as saying that the association already discussed the issue with the chief information officers of commercial banks.

At the latest development, the Thai Bankers’ Association and the Bank of Thailand stated that the suspicious withdrawals did not result from any data leakage from any banks but were mostly caused by online payments for products and services ordered from the vendors who were registered abroad.

The government spokesman said the Thai Bankers’ Association and the Bank of Thailand dismissed the speculation that the issue involved any fraudulent application. (TNA)