A malfunctioning Siam Commercial Bank ATM in Rayong province issued extra cash to anyone making withdrawals on Saturday, June 13th, resulting in the loss of tens of thousands of baht.
Due to a machine error, the ATM dispensed cash by a factor of 10, surprising a large number of users over the weekend.
However, now the police have issued a warning to anyone who does not return the excess cash, threatening criminal charges, including embezzlement.
Deputy spokesman for the Royal Thai Police, Gen Krisana Pattanacharoen, announced that the bank maintained individual records of every transaction. He urged those who received excess cash to return the money.
Referencing the ATM error, Gen Pattanacharoen said:
“A Siam Commercial Bank ATM located on Thamuang Road in Ranong’s Muang district had malfunctioned since Saturday. It gave out ten times the amount of money than withdrawers requested, that is, when a person withdrew 1,200 baht, it gave out 12,000 baht.”
He continued by saying that while some people who used the ATM have come forward to return the money, several others are yet to contact the bank or police.
Referencing the people who are yet to come forward, Gen Pattanacharoen made the situation very clear:
“The bank representatives have already taken back the money, but some of it is still missing. Those who received excessive sums and didn’t return them may face a charge of embezzlement that the bank will soon file. The charge has a maximum punishment of three years of imprisonment, a 60,000 baht fine, or both.”
He urged people who are yet to return the money to contact the police hotline on 1599, visit their local police station, or go directly to Siam Commercial Bank.
Source: Thai Examiner