A farmer was charged yesterday with cheating a 65-year-old woman out of $2,500 by pretending to be her son in phone calls and convincing her to send him money.
Takeo provincial military police officer Leang Bunthan said Thong Veth, 37, used a fake voice to pass himself off as the son of Pann Saroeun, a farmer living in Tram Kak district.
Mr Veth, who lived in the same district, called and asked to borrow $1,000 to buy fertiliser and equipments to plant crops.
He asked Ms Saroeun to send the money via a Wing Transfer Money Shop.
Mr Bunthan said that after receiving the money, the suspect kept calling the victim and got her to send money five more times.
Ms Saroeun, who was convinced that the suspect was her son who lived in Kampong Chhnang province, sent him a total of $2,500 via Wing.
On Sunday, the suspect called again and asked her to send another 300,000 riel ($60).
The victim wondered about her son and called him on another number.
The son told her he had never phoned her or asked for money. Ms Saroeun then filed a complaint against Mr Veth with provincial military police.
Provincial military police in Takeo province in collaboration with colleagues in Kampong Chhnang province, and the victim, cooperated to arrest the suspect in Kampong Chhnang province.
Mr Veth was arrested on Monday after he came to collect the $60.
Police confiscated the money and returned it to the victim. Mr Veth was detained for questioning at the provincial military police headquarters in Takeo province.
Mr Veth was charged yesterday with fraud and faces up to three years in jail if convicted.