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Lars Scheffczik awaits progress in the case in a Phuket police cell

Phuket Expat Arrested Over Internet Fraud Scam

Monday, February 21, 2011
A GERMAN accused of internet fraud amounting to a million euros or more was arrested by Immigration police on Phuket today.

The man, named as Lars Scheffczik, 38, has been living illegally on Phuket with his Thai wife and two children since his passport was seized three years ago.

German authorities issued an international arrest warrant and Mr Scheffczik was nabbed this morning after detective work by Immigration police located him at a house in Chalong.

Based on Phuket, Mr Scheffczik allegedly sold computers, cameras and other electrical equipment via the Internet, seeking a deposit, with no intention of delivering the goods, say officials.

Phuket's German honorary consul, Dirk Naumann, said today that Phuket Immigration deserved praise for their work in apprehending Mr Scheffczik this morning.

It is believed that more than 100 cases of fraud are involved in Germany alone, with more in Austria and Switzerland, and the possibility that there could be more incidents that have yet to be reported.

Phuket Immigration Superintendent Colonel Panuwat Ruamrak said that Mr Scheffczik was arrested today by Immigration officers and handed over to police at Chalong to be interviewed. He is likely to appear in court later this week.
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Is that a mobile in his hand ? Looks like a Nokia 1180, or the older model.

Posted by bob on February 21, 2011 18:58

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There is a multi-year long forum thread (german) about this guy and about all he did:
http://www.outbay.ch/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=162
Well worth to be read...

Posted by OutBay.ch on February 23, 2011 01:39

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There's a profile of a guy on hi5.com with the same name, similar age and also living in Phuket, but his photo doesn't look anything like the guy in your report. Could there be a genuine mistake here?

Posted by Terry on February 24, 2011 20:58

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You think they've arrested the wrong man? Hmmm . . . this one denies everything. Perhaps the guy in the Hi5 photo knows more that he's letting on. Are you dating him?


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