Thai government ‘fights’ crooks with song and dance (Video)
“Fear causes you to lose judgment. To remember. Do not abandon. Do not transfer.
These are the stupid verses the government hopes people will remember the next time they’re about to get ripped off. As a tide of phishing calls and delivery scams sweep through Thailand, the government is finally doing something about it: releasing a song to bring people to their senses.
Instead of hunting down call center scams popping up across the kingdom, the CIO gave up Ya Aonor Don’t transfera fiery banger to raise awareness.
The single features two prominent luk thung stars – Somhong Kunapratom and Lamyai Haithongkham – dance and sing alongside two police mascots. A host of Thai celebrities make cameos throughout the Don’t transfer jitter.
Because everything is learned from songs, here are some verses:
If you get a call and you get threatened, I’m telling you now, don’t transfer [the money]
Someone is claiming to be a DSI manager, don’t fall victim or you and DSI are in trouble
Someone starts a LINE message and urges you to donate money
Someone says he’s a postman, actually he’s a thief
Fear causes you to lose judgment. To remember. Do not abandon. Do not transfer.
Rather than turning to TikTok, the government printed CDs with the song – a sign of its currency.
The effort fell prey to ridicule online.
“Call centers are probably doing choreography now,” @Ssaa_1992 tweeted.
Countless people have fallen prey to fraudulent phone calls and messages, often claiming to be from a delivery service, asking them to provide personal information and transfer money.
In some cases, government officials have even been scammed, according to Colonel Siriwat Deepor, police spokesman. Siriwat said scammers can impersonate prosecutors, judges or officials from the National Anti-Corruption Commission or other government agencies.
According to anti-fraud app Whoscall, nearly 6.5 million fraudulent calls were made in the country last year.
The Special Investigations Department said victims can report the scans through the 1202 hotline.