11 July 2024

Police from Thailand’s Cyber Task Force (PCT) raided eight locations in Bangkok and the eastern province of Chanthaburi on Wednesday and arrested 31 suspects accused of operating online illegal gambling services.

21 bank books, money counting machines, three cars, 31 computer monitors, 19 computer notebooks, several smartphones and nine desk-top computers were also seized during their raids of two venues in Bangkok and six in Chanthaburi.

Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittipraphat, the national police chief, said that these major online illegal gambling operations had many customers, including numerous youths.

The PCT claims that the network’s financial transactions are estimated at about 1.2 billion baht.

Police have stepped up their crackdown on online gambling, particularly during the month-long World Cup 2022, when gambling on football matches was anticipated to surge.