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Be aware of Scams!

Thailand is a very touristy place and local people are usually surprisingly friendly and they love to welcome tourists being helpful for them, providing help and suggestions when they see somebody in trouble or lost.
But like everywhere in the world, not everyone is acting honestly, in fact some areas are famous to be stage of scams for tourists. Still lot of people fall in these traps, confused by the good manners and the ability of the scammer.
Here a list of the most common scams going on in Thailand, mainly in Bangkok and Phuket or all over the most popular destination of the country. Most of below information are from the website www.bangkokscams.com, which is doing a very good job to warn people when travelling to this beautiful country. If want to know more and read other travelers' experiences, have a look to it.
1. The Grand Palace is Closed - This scam can happen near any tourist attraction but still happens a lot outside the Grand Palace. As you approach, someone will tell you that the palace is closed for various reasons. Ignore them as you will end up in either a gem store or a tailor shop. 2. Thai Gems - If you are not an expert on gems then I strongly urge you not to take the word of other people on how much money you can make if you sell these gems on return to your home country. People are losing a lot of money every day. Don't make the mistake that you are different.
3. Sex Show - Don't believe the touts outside who say free sex shows and drinks for only 100 baht each. You will end up paying a bill in the thousands. Stay clear if you are alone as they can turn violent if you refuse to pay.
4. Hualamphong Train Station- Outside the train station you will meet official looking people who will say they will help you book the seats. They take you to their nearby travel agent and pretend to ring the train booking office. They then say the train is full and your only way to travel is on one of their buses. 5. Airport Taxi Scam - Official looking touts will pretend that they are meter taxis and tell you their price to go into town. The meter taxi outside is probably less than half of what they ask. The police have tried to crack down on them but they are back. Ignore anyone who asks if you want a taxi. The real taxi drivers are waiting outside by their cars and there is a bill counter where you they write on the receipt your destination. 6. Long Distance Bus - Many people have had things stolen from their bags on overnight bus trips. Some have even reported they were drugged and found their money missing when they woke up.
7. Blackjack Scam - This usually starts when someone asks you where you are from. If you say, New York, then he will say he has a sister who will be going to study there. He then asks if you can go and meet her as she has some questions. At their house, you somehow end up playing blackjack with them. They then ask you to help cheat someone out of their money. Don't get tempted as it is you who is being scammed.
8. Jet Ski - Many people in Pattaya and Phuket are being scammed after renting jet skis. When you come back after your fun, they will point out scratches and dents in the jet ski and they will demand large sums of money. What they fail to mention is that a dozen other customers have already paid for those scratches. If you rent anything, be it motorcycle, car or jet ski, make sure all scratches and dents are documented.
9. Wrong Change - A common scam at places like 7-Eleven and Family Mart in tourist areas is to give you change as if you gave them a 500 baht note instead of a 1,000 baht note. Many tourists are not familiar with Thai money and often give the wrong money or don't notice that their change is incorrect. Most shops will say out loud the denomination of any paper money you give them. Check your change, as many times shop counters they will give you 100 THB less on the total amount.
10. My Girlfriend is Pregnant - A popular scams these days is your long distance girlfriend writing to you to say she is pregnant with your baby. She either asks for help to pay for the abortion or for money to raise the baby. What she doesn't tell you is that she has already written to five other foreigners telling them that they are the father too. The latest gimmick is some medicine circulating in Isaan that swells their belly to make them look pregnant in case you fly in to visit them. The only way to know for sure is to go with them to the doctors to get an ultrasound.
11. Generous people - Thailand night life can be really exciting and plenty of sincere situation may happen. But sometimes you can meet someone on a bar, women or men, and you might start talking with them as you are in your country. Then friendship turns warmer and these persons start to offer you drinks, showing that they are paying for you. Be aware especially if they are women, as they might pay at the beginning, than you change to another bar as you trust them already and they keep paying for you, like if they want to show they don't need your money. But at certain point you will be drugged, you might end up in your room with some excuse (often for sex) and you will be left without money, credit card, jewels or accessories and with a 2 days headache after you wake up.

Please remember, most scammers are successful because they play on the greed of their victims. If something is too good to be true then it probably is. As kind as Thai people are, they are also very shy. If you are approached by a well spoken Thai person on the street then the chances are high that this person is a scammer. Thai people are not normally so forward. However, please give them the benefit of the doubt unless, of course, they give you the codeword "Big Buddha" or "Lucky Buddha". This is then their admission of guilt. Finally, it is sad to report that there are now foreigners praying on helpless tourists. So, be weary of any unsolicited help.

 

Thailand is a very touristy place and local people are usually surprisingly friendly and they love to welcome tourists being helpful for them, providing help and suggestions when they see somebody in trouble or lost.
But like everywhere in the world, not everyone is acting honestly, in fact some areas are famous to be stage of scams for tourists. Still lot of people fall in these traps, confused by the good manners and the ability of the scammer.
Here a list of the most common scams going on in Thailand, mainly in Bangkok and Phuket or all over the most popular destination of the country. Most of below information are from the website www.bangkokscams.com, which is doing a very good job to warn people when travelling to this beautiful country. If want to know more and read other travelers' experiences, have a look to it.
1. The Grand Palace is Closed - This scam can happen near any tourist attraction but still happens a lot outside the Grand Palace. As you approach, someone will tell you that the palace is closed for various reasons. Ignore them as you will end up in either a gem store or a tailor shop. 2. Thai Gems - If you are not an expert on gems then I strongly urge you not to take the word of other people on how much money you can make if you sell these gems on return to your home country. People are losing a lot of money every day. Don't make the mistake that you are different.
3. Patpong Sex Show - Don't believe the touts outside who say free sex shows and drinks for only 100 baht each. You will end up paying a bill in the thousands. Stay clear if you are alone as they can turn violent if you refuse to pay.
4. Hualamphong Train Station- Outside the train station you will meet official looking people who will say they will help you book the seats. They take you to their nearby travel agent and pretend to ring the train booking office. They then say the train is full and your only way to travel is on one of their buses. 5. Airport Taxi Scam - Official looking touts will pretend that they are meter taxis and tell you their price to go into town. The meter taxi outside is probably less than half of what they ask. The police have tried to crack down on them but they are back. Ignore anyone who asks if you want a taxi. The real taxi drivers are waiting outside by their cars and there is a bill counter where you they write on the receipt your destination. 6. Long Distance Bus - Many people have had things stolen from their bags on overnight bus trips. Some have even reported they were drugged and found their money missing when they woke up.
7. Blackjack Scam - This usually starts when someone asks you where you are from. If you say, New York, then he will say he has a sister who will be going to study there. He then asks if you can go and meet her as she has some questions. At their house, you somehow end up playing blackjack with them. They then ask you to help cheat someone out of their money. Don't get tempted as it is you who is being scammed.
8. Jet Ski - Many people in Pattaya and Phuket are being scammed after renting jet skis. When you come back after your fun, they will point out scratches and dents in the jet ski and they will demand large sums of money. What they fail to mention is that a dozen other customers have already paid for those scratches. If you rent anything, be it motorcycle, car or jet ski, make sure all scratches and dents are documented.
9. Wrong Change - A common scam at places like 7-Eleven and Family Mart in tourist areas is to give you change as if you gave them a 500 baht note instead of a 1,000 baht note. Many tourists are not familiar with Thai money and often give the wrong money or don't notice that their change is incorrect. Most shops will say out loud the denomination of any paper money you give them. Check your change, as many times shop counters they will give you 100 THB less on the total amount.
10. My Girlfriend is Pregnant - A popular scams these days is your long distance girlfriend writing to you to say she is pregnant with your baby. She either asks for help to pay for the abortion or for money to raise the baby. What she doesn't tell you is that she has already written to five other foreigners telling them that they are the father too. The latest gimmick is some medicine circulating in Isaan that swells their belly to make them look pregnant in case you fly in to visit them. The only way to know for sure is to go with them to the doctors to get an ultrasound.
11. Generous people - Thailand night life can be really exciting and plenty of sincere situation may happen. But sometimes you can meet someone on a bar, women or men, and you might start talking with them as you are in your country. Then friendship turns warmer and these persons start to offer you drinks, showing that they are paying for you. Be aware especially if they are women, as they might pay at the beginning, than you change to another bar as you trust them already and they keep paying for you, like if they want to show they don't need your money. But at certain point you will be drugged, you might end up in your room with some excuse (often for sex) and you will be left without money, credit card, jewels or accessories and with a 2 days headache after you wake up.

Please remember, most scammers are successful because they play on the greed of their victims. If something is too good to be true then it probably is. As kind as Thai people are, they are also very shy. If you are approached by a well spoken Thai person on the street then the chances are high that this person is a scammer. Thai people are not normally so forward. However, please give them the benefit of the doubt unless, of course, they give you the codeword "Big Buddha" or "Lucky Buddha". This is then their admission of guilt. Finally, it is sad to report that there are now foreigners praying on helpless tourists. So, be weary of any unsolicited help.

 

 

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