Thai man kills 3 in his family and tries to take his own life after falling prey to online scam

The CCIB found evidence of transactions made by Dokmai's wife

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Sanit Dokmai, a Thailand man has been charged with premeditated murder after the police found the bodies of his wife and two sons, who were 9 and 13, with slash wounds on Monday. The family was living in a house in Samut Prakan province, Bangkok's eastern suburb. 

After killing his family, the man tried to kill himself. Dokmai was the victim of a loan scam. The Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau (CCIB) has found evidence of transactions made by Wipaporn Racha, Dokmai's 44-year-old wife.

Dokmai is a debt guarantor for his friend for 400,000 baht ($11,400). The friend ran away and left Sanit to pay off the debt, then his wife tried to take out a loan to help and got scammed, said provincial police chief Pallop Araemlah, an AP report reads.

The police are trying to track the 11 people suspected to be involved in the loan scam. Dokmai's wife transferred money to the scammers, who claimed it to be different processing fees. She filed a complaint last week saying that she lost over 1.7 million baht ($48,000), Local chief Rangsan said. Reportedly, the money was withdrawn and transferred to an account abroad.

The Thai police said that they had received over 200,000 online reports of scams totalling more than 30 billion baht ($855 million). Arrest warrants have been issued against the five suspected to have opened the mule accounts. Dokmai is in critical condition and unable to speak owing to multiple slash wounds at his throat.

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