A 31-year-old Thai man who made headlines for getting catfished and transferring THB89,000 (US$2,700) to a woman he met on a dating app has gotten scammed yet again, just one month later, by another woman employing a similar scheme.
Sorrachat “Natt” Phonwattana, who earned the nickname “Natt, the fast money wirer” from Thai media outlets that reported on his first case, filed a police complaint yesterday, in which he details that he was conned out of THB36,100 (US$1,100) by a woman who goes by “Thanthorn” on Facebook.
After Sorrachat wired the money to Thanthorn, he says that she disappeared and ignored his subsequent texts.
Sorrachat then sought help from “123 Good Samaritan,” the Facebook page run by local news agency T News, which helps netizens sort out their personal troubles by connecting them with the relevant government agencies that would be able to assist them.
It was last Thursday, when Sorrachat (and the rest of the internet) was given the bad news via a public post published on the Facebook page — he had been catfished once again. Turns out that the bank account he had transferred money to belongs to a woman named Pongpan Boonchai, and she looks nothing like the pretty lady in the fake Facebook profile she had set up to scam Sorrachat.
ยังไม่เข็ด และไม่เคยเข็ด #นัทโอนไว เจอสาวสวยอึ๋ม ทักเฟซมาคุย คุยไปคุยมา ขอยืมเงิน 2 วัน โอนไป 36,100…
Sorrachat told reporters that he confronted Pongpan, who promised to give his money back and begged him not to go to the police or make her personal details known to news networks, so Sorrachat gave her a deadline — return the money by Monday, and he’d do neither. She agreed.
However, as reported by Amarin TV, Pongpan never followed through with the transfer.
Sorrachat says getting scammed twice has been an expensive life lesson to him, and that he will now transfer all of his remaining funds to his father’s account and will only give himself a THB10,000 (US$300) monthly allowance.
This way, he says, he won’t be able to “lend” money to just any pretty lady he meets online.