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BOT: Individuals with facial makeover should apply for new ID cards

The Bank of Thailand has advised commercial banks to ask their customers who have facial plastic surgery or have facial makeover to apply for new ID cards or to show a doctor's certificate that they have facial makeover to ensure that they are the same persons as shown in the ID cards.

Yongsak Seanglaw, senior director of the Bank of Thailand's Banking Supervision Department, said on Tuesday (Jan 16) that the central bank had instructed all commercial banks to tighten their respective internal examination of new bank accounts to ensure that the bank accounts were not opened for the other people or criminal gangs.

He warned that, in the future, banks should also be held accountable for negligence if it was discovered that ID cards of the other individuals were used to open bank accounts.

The BOT's warning came after Nicha Kiatthanapaibul, an office worker, claimed her stolen ID card was used by a call centre scam gang to open nine bank accounts with seven banks.

Regarding Ms Nicha's case, Pol Maj-Gen Surachet Hakpan, deputy commissioner of Tourist Police, said that police had not ruled out any issues related to the case, including the fact that Ms Nicha's family had a history of several missing and renewable ID cards among family members.

Ms Nicha was questioned for about 12 hours by police inquiry officers on Monday (Jan 15) over the six million baht in her bank accounts and the fact that her ID card had been reported missing for several times.

He said that the interrogation had been very helpful to the case.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)