Thai police dismantled a Chinese click fraud operation that used nearly 500 mobile phones and over 300,000 Thai SIM cards to generate fraudulent page views, positive reviews, “likes” and “shares” for products sold online.
Police originally suspected three Chinese men of operating a fraudulent call-center out of two rented houses, but the men admitted they were paid by a Chinese company to set up an “online engagement” operation. Using racks of hundreds of mobile phones connected to computers, the men controlled bots that promoted products on the Chinese social media and messaging app WeChat. Positive reviews and page views can boost business by making products appear closer to the top of search result lists.
Click fraud operations are common in China but are now expanding to other countries like Thailand with low mobile fees and easier access to SIM cards.
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