Thai 'Furby' scam allegedly nets $200K
The new Furby by Hasbro is on display in New York on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005, at the Toys "R" Us flagship store in Time Square. (AP Photo/John Smock)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, February 8, 2013 6:18AM EST
BANGKOK, Thailand -- 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 $200,000.
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 (US$200,000).
Piya said 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.
Once a "must-have" in late 1990s, the interactive speech-mimicking toy recently became a big hit among Thai youngsters and adults.
Prices for each toy sold on the Internet range from 3,900 baht ($130) to 6,000 baht ($200).