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    Woman Steals $428,000 Using Banking App of Stolen Smartphone

    A 46-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly transferring $428,000 from a manís bank account to hers using a stolen smartphone.


    Police in Northern Thailand have identified the woman as Mrs. Satang Thongramphan, 46, from Phitsanulok province. The victim whose smartphone was stolen was not identified.


    A complaint filed with the police by Patiwat Thaisom, 31, led to Ms Satangís arrest. He told police that his father was a former bank employee and died on Aug 9 of stomach cancer. He was the owner of the smartphone that Ms Satang allegedly stole.

    With access to his fatherís bank account information on the smartphone, she transferred $428,000 (15.7 million baht) to her bank account using his password that was saved in his banking app.


    The police obtained a warrant for Ms Satangís arrest and another warrant to search her home in Phitsanulok.


    In a search of the house, police found $63,000 (2,329,000 baht) in cash, a 10-baht weight of gold bullion worth about $8,000 (299,500 baht), a Chevrolet Optra which belonged to the man who had died, six mobile phones, six bank account deposit books and some other related documents.

    The following day, police seized $327,000 (12 million baht) in cash hidden in the back of a Mitsubishi lancer parked at a house on Pracha Uthit road in Phitsanulok.

    Ms Satang told police that she had only followed the dead manís instructions and had explicitly denied stealing the money or the manís small smartphone.
    Police said that during questioning, Ms Satang said she knew the deceased. She said she had taken care of him while he underwent treatment for stomach cancer at a care centre in Phitsanulok, until he succumbed to cancer on Aug 9.


    With his smartphone and his password on a Krungthai Bank app, she transferred money from his bank account to her own through 17 transactions between Aug 9-16, totalling $428,000 (15,790,000 baht).


    She withdrew US$81,000 from her bank account on Aug 21 and another $346,000 on Aug 24th.


    According to the Bangkok Post, she used some of the money to buy gold bullion and hid the rest in the back of her car. As a result of the search, officers seized the money.


    According to Ms Satang, she kept $28,000 to hire a lawyer if she ever had a legal issue.


    She has been charged with theft and bank fraud under the Criminal Code and violating the Computer Crime Act.

    Woman Steals $428,000 Using Banking App Of Stolen Smartphone

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    With access to his fatherís bank account information on the smartphone, she transferred $428,000 (15.7 million baht) to her bank account using his password that was saved in his banking app.
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    With his smartphone and his password on a Krungthai Bank app, she transferred money from his bank account to her own through 17 transactions between Aug 9-16, totalling $428,000 (15,790,000 baht).
    Can you get a Krungthai Bank app to save your password?
    It seems like a really bad idea to me, as demonstrated by this report.

    I have an SCB and a Bangkok Bank app. Both always require me to enter the password every time.

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    Ms Satang told police that she had only followed the dead man’s instructions
    Sounds legit.

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    ^^Mine, too. And, do a fingerprint scan.

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    Sounds like she was the poor buggers Mia noi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magoo View Post
    always require me to enter the password every time.
    Yep, always a pin number. On line or at ATM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magoo View Post
    Can you get a Krungthai Bank app to save your password?
    It seems like a really bad idea to me, as demonstrated by this report.

    I have an SCB and a Bangkok Bank app. Both always require me to enter the password every time.
    The implication is that she knew his password from...

    "She said she had taken care of him while he underwent treatment for stomach cancer".

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    her story falls down on a lack of written evidence for his post mortem wishes and the way she went about withdrawing the proceeds as cash.

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    Always use 2FA and it is best to use biometric if it is available!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TTraveler View Post
    Always use 2FA and it is best to use biometric if it is available!
    If someone steals your password, you can change it.

    If someone steals your fingerprint, you're fucked.

    * Added: Use an Authenticator app.

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