Thai police have detained a man who successfully sold non-existent vaccines against coronavirus infection in Thai-language social networks for three months, the online version of the Bangkok Post newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing the Thai police department for combating cybercrime.
The forty-five-year-old Thai citizen placed his ads on several social media accounts: he claimed that he was importing Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines from the United States and Sinopharm vaccine from China through private hospitals, which, in fact, he did not have access to.
The national vaccination program of the population in Thailand so far uses only drugs from the Chinese company Sinovac and the Thai plant of the company AstraZeneca, and immunization is carried out free of charge. Currently, there are not enough of these vaccines available to the Ministry of Health of the country. In addition, many Thai residents want to be vaccinated with other vaccines – mRNA vaccines from the United States and Europe, the Sinopharm vaccine from China, or the Russian drug Sputnik V.
The fraudster, who was detained in the province of Prachinburi, 170 km east of Bangkok, managed to collect more than 200 thousand Thai baht (6 thousand dollars) from 50 clients in three months of activity, the publication reports. According to the police who questioned the detainee, he spent the money he received on life and Internet games.
It also turned out that in September 2020, the man was released early under an amnesty from prison, which he served under an article on fraud on the Internet.