Yindee Lapidary Co. Ltd - November 30, 2002
I am writing this email with regards to a gem scam that I am personally involved. On November 30 2002, I flew to Bangkok for my honeymoon.
On 1st Dec morning, we took a walk from Bangkok Palace Hotel to World Trade Center. Upon reaching World Trade Center, we were approached by a Thai claiming that he was a lawyer based in World Trade Center and told us that the day was the lucky Buddha day and that we should go to the temple. He even asked a tuk tuk driver to drive us there.
Once we reached the temple and went inside, we were approached by another Thai saying that he is a pilot and told us that he has just brought gems from a wholesale gem store that was having a special promotion where they sold gems at wholesale prices to public. he provided us with the address of the place. He then offered to bring us to get some blessings from a monk. At the place where we obtained blessings from the monk, we were again approached by another man who claimed the same thing. Just before we left, this man told the tuk tuk driver to bring us to this gem store.
Upon reaching the gem store (Yindee Lapidary Co. LTD, 1091/75-77 Petchburi Rd. Soi 33, Makasan Bangkok 10400 Thailand. Tel: 253-1540-1 Fax: 651-6784), we were told the same story about them being a wholesaler and that they were having a special promotion where they sold to the public at wholesale prices. So my husband and I brought about S$6000 of gems.
When we reached Singapore, we found that the gems did not worth the S$6000. Upon knowing this and from research done on the Internet, we concluded that we were cheated. In fact that was a posting at: http://www.2bangkok.com/2bangkok/Scams/sapp27.shtml that is similar to our experience.
We are a newly wed couple and we do not have a lot of cash. So upon hearing this, we were very upset. We went to Thailand in the hopes of having a wonderful honeymoon and now the whole experience has been overshadowed by this incident. We were very disappointed that such things happened to us and the local authorities did not inform us of such scams. We really love visiting Thailand very much but this experience had made us to think differently now and it also affected our relationship.
Therefore we sincerely hope that the 2Bangkok.com will be able to help to investigate this matter by getting a refund from the shop if not advise us on the steps that we take to settle this problem. Your help will be greatly appreciated.
An earlier scam report from this same company:
Yindee Lapidary (November 30, 2002)