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Beware of Digital Wallet Scams: Tang Rat App Safeguards and Official Updates

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The government-developed Tang Rat app has been designated as the sole platform for registering for the much-anticipated digital wallet programme, and authorities are raising the alarm over cunning scam gangs seeking to capitalize on the hype.

These fraudsters have been dispatching SMS messages featuring a photo of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin to draw in unsuspecting individuals, warned government spokesman Chai Watcharonke. This devious trick has unfortunately claimed numerous victims, particularly in Roi Et province, as stated by Mr Chai on Friday.

The fraudulent message contains a link that appears to direct the recipient to a site where they can supposedly check their registration status for the 10,000-baht digital wallet handout. However, the moment they click the link, their mobile phones are compromised, turning them into unusable bricks. To add insult to injury, many victims watch helplessly as their savings are whisked away.

The government is emphatically cautioning the public to steer clear of clicking on any URLs sent via SMS, as such notifications are not part of their communication policy, Mr Chai emphasized. Instead, all official interactions related to the digital wallet programme will be strictly conducted through the Tang Rat app.

This versatile app, Tang Rat, isn’t just a one-trick pony; it’s an all-in-one portal that seamlessly offers access to a myriad of services. From what Mr Chai mentioned, it will be instrumental in the verification process for the digital wallet scheme.

Deputy Finance Minister Julapun Amornvivat chimed in on Thursday, revealing that the Tang Rat app is already prepped to handle some advance registrations. He tantalizingly mentioned that the official registration details are poised to be unveiled by the end of this month, keeping everyone on the edge of their seats.

The takeaway for everyone is clear. Stay vigilant, be wary of unsolicited SMS messages, and keep an eye on official updates regarding the digital wallet programme via the Tang Rat app. It’s a digital age, and with the right precautions, navigating it can be both a secure and enriching experience.


  1. Lisa July 5, 2024

    This sounds like a great measure from the government, but I still find it scary how easily scammers can exploit such systems.

    • TechGuru123 July 5, 2024

      Totally agree, Lisa. It’s alarming how sophisticated these scams have become, despite government efforts.

      • Lisa July 5, 2024

        Yeah, I feel like more security features should have been included in the first place.

      • Jamie H. July 5, 2024

        The key is education! People need to be more aware of these tactics. Scams will always adapt to the times.

  2. Mike July 5, 2024

    Seriously, who falls for these scams? It’s so obvious they’re fake.

    • Sarah W. July 5, 2024

      You’d be surprised, Mike. A lot of people, especially elderly folks, aren’t as tech-savvy. It’s not their fault.

    • ConcernedCitizen July 5, 2024

      Saying that is really dismissive, Mike. Everyone can fall victim to these scams if they’re not careful.

      • Mike July 5, 2024

        I guess you’re right. But still, people should learn to just not click on random links.

  3. Albert D July 5, 2024

    The Tang Rat app sounds promising. Maybe it’s time we move towards a more centralized, secure platform for public services.

    • Helen July 5, 2024

      Absolutely, Albert. Centralized platforms do make things simpler and more secure. Tang Rat seems like a step in the right direction.

    • OldTimer92 July 5, 2024

      I’m not so sure. Centralized platforms can also be dangerous if compromised. It’s a double-edged sword.

  4. SJH July 5, 2024

    How about some accountability for the companies sending these SMS messages? They should be fined.

    • LegalEagle July 5, 2024

      That’s a good point, SJH. But it’s tough to track down these scammers, let alone prosecute them.

      • SJH July 5, 2024

        True, but shouldn’t we at least try? There should be some form of deterrent.

  5. Ella July 5, 2024

    Will the Tang Rat app be freely available on all app stores? And how do we know it’s the real deal and not some fake version?

    • AppDeveloper July 5, 2024

      Good concern, Ella. The official app will be promoted through trustworthy channels. Look for government seals and reviews.

    • Joe July 5, 2024

      Always check the developer’s information in the app store. Plus, the government will probably issue clear instructions.

  6. Tom July 5, 2024

    I think people are overreacting to this. Just follow basic security measures and you’ll be fine.

    • Maxwell July 5, 2024

      Tom, it might seem simple, but not everyone is aware of these ‘basic’ measures. Education is key.

    • SecurityExpert July 5, 2024

      Yes, Tom, but the issue is that common vulnerabilities evolve. Awareness campaigns would help more.

  7. Lara K. July 5, 2024

    So, the government is finally catching up with technology. Better late than never, I guess.

    • Bruce July 5, 2024

      Right, but let’s hope they don’t mess this up. We need efficient implementation for it to be effective.

      • Lara K. July 5, 2024

        Exactly, Bruce. Execution is everything. Without that, it’s just another good idea gone to waste.

      • Cynic598 July 5, 2024

        I wouldn’t hold my breath. Government projects always come with their own set of issues.

  8. RedPanda22 July 5, 2024

    Why isn’t anyone talking about offline options for those without smartphones? Not everyone is tech-savvy.

    • Jess July 5, 2024

      Good point! What about the elderly who don’t use smartphones? They can’t be left in the dark.

      • RedPanda22 July 5, 2024

        Exactly. There needs to be an inclusive approach. Not everyone is on the digital grid.

    • ModernMaven July 5, 2024

      There might be some in-person registration or helpline options. We just have to wait for the official details.

  9. Ahmed July 5, 2024

    Can’t wait to get my 10,000 baht! This will help a lot of people struggling right now.

  10. Jessica July 5, 2024

    We need more initiatives like this. It’s a good start towards financial inclusion.

  11. TruthSeeker July 5, 2024

    Sounds like Big Brother is watching. Giving the government more control isn’t always a good thing.

    • RationalMind July 5, 2024

      Trust, but verify. More control can mean better services but always keep an eye on the checks and balances.

  12. George July 5, 2024

    I wonder how secure the Tang Rat app is. What if it gets hacked?

  13. Kris T July 5, 2024

    I think it’s wise to think twice before clicking on any link nowadays, not just for this programme.

  14. FastClicker July 5, 2024

    Clicked on the fake link and my phone is dead. Lesson learned the hard way.

  15. Lucy July 5, 2024

    Tang Rat app is a good move, but they should invest equally in educating the public about cyber hygiene.

  16. Harry July 5, 2024

    Scammers are the worst. Preying on people’s desperation is just heartbreaking.

    • Anne T July 5, 2024

      Absolutely, Harry. It’s tragic that these individuals exploit such situations. More should be done to stop them.

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