The Straits Times
Published on Feb 08, 2013

Thai woman arrested in $250,000 'Furby' online scam


BANGKOK (AP) - Police say Thailand's craze for the fluffy, owl-like robotic toy "Furby" has led to an online scam that cost dozens of victims a combined US$200,000 (S$250,000).

Police Col. Piya Charoensuk says a Thai woman was arrested for allegedly running the scam in which more than 60 buyers filed complaints.

He says the scam swindled people out of an estimated 6 million baht.

Piya said on Friday that the case stemmed from complaints against a 16-year-old girl who posted an advertisement for the toys on the photo-sharing site Instagram but never delivered any products.