SNP Jewelry – December 27, 2006


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A reader reports: I would just like to inform you about the recent change in name for SSS. I was in Bangkok for 3 days at the end of the December as part of my big OE. The story is pretty similar to those described in all the articles that I have found on Essentially met a nice person who claims that he is a tourist from another part of Thailand near Wat Po. Had a really good conversation and suggested that I should go to a few other temples that had less tourists. Helped me hailed down a tuktuk with the advise that white plated ones are "legal" while yellow plated ones had "no licence" (which I found out later was a lie). Also suggested SNP export for jewelery, got a bit suspicious then but wasn't planning to even bother going there so left it as that.

At the 2nd temple met a man claiming to be the owner for workers doing restoration work on the temple. Stated his name was Wang. Very well spoken Thai with an American accent. Claimed he was a chef from America but came back to run family operations. He was very smooth talker and didn't metion anything about jewelery shops until he asked where I was going and I showed him my map that the initial con artist had also labeled SNP on it.

Then he tells me wow, no one except Thais know about this place as it sells cheap and that how he used to fund his travelling during his student years. We then said our goodbye but shortly met another younger person stating he's Indonesian living in the UK and had a British accent. Saying he was visiting friends in Bangkok and one thing led to another and it was how cheap SNP was... followed by showing me his recipt for his purchase this time round. Eventually ended up at the shop and very stupidly bought a ring for 50000 baht.

I kept on thinking about the unusual events and had a very chilling feeling about the whole thing. Eventually I found this site as searches for SNP yielded nothing. I almost fainted when I saw the photo of SSS as this is SNP!! And looking thru the photos I see that it was the person in photo 3 and 21 on that spoke to me. Really leaves a very sour taste for the last leg of my trip and I doubt that I will ever return there again.

Considering I was also scamed by the taxi driver on the way out to the airport as he refused to use the meter then stating it's broken and wouldn't open the trunk (as the stupid door man stuffed my luggage in the trunk before I could negotiate a price for the taxi) and was going to cost me the full price for driving 10 meters in the traffic jam!! I'm sure most Thais are very nice and hard working but these few bad bugs really ruins the whole experience. It isn't cost effective to fly all the way from New Zealand to Bangkok (including other costs) just to try and get whatever refunds I could. It would be nice to try Suchat Sinrat's at internal affairs office if you could let me know what his email is.

The current shop runs by the name SNP jewelery Limited Partnership at 386 Visuttikasat Road, Banpantom, Pranakorn, Bangkok 10200. Tel 026295767, 026285768. Interestingly, the credit card recipt is issued by Bangkok bank and is actually adressed to SNP rather than a gold shop as mentioned on many of the articles. This is probably I suspect they have only very recently changed names.

I just want to let the word out so that if people search SNP they will be able to find out about the scam and the great website you have much more quickly.

More on the Gem Scam & maps to the scam stores

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5 Responses to SNP Jewelry – December 27, 2006

  1. Albert Tey says:

    I was in Bangkok July 25-31 2011. I got trick the same way too. I meet this guy on the street who suggested a few temple which got less tourist, and also SNP too. But in my case, he told me it was a jewel expo selling at tax free and 20% discount. He held a TukTuk for me which only cost 40bath for a half day tour to a few temple. So why not I think, since im not intending to buy any jewel. at the next temple i meet a very friendly guy who claim he is a Indon but raise in the UK. He is a smooth talker and we end up talking about the “jewel expo” just before we parted. He got me convince of the jewel. I ended up buying 67000bath worth of jewelry.

    I have checked out some same jewelry at the airport and the cost about 10% lower than my price.

    Anybody got any idea SNP is selling fake or real Gem Stone? I dare not bring the jewelry to check it is fake or real, because i dont want to take a second blow!

  2. Major Fordson says:

    Scottish Nationalist Party?

  3. Stupid says:

    Well, Im just back from spending 3 and half awesome weeks in Thailand, except I too was scammed on my last day in Bangkok! I was alone and gettin harrassed by tuk tuk drivers when this “lovely” thai man who said he teached English “rescued” me! The story is pretty much the same as the other victims and ended up buying a piece for 20000 baht. Im not that worried about the jewellery..instead Im more concerned about the personal information they have. They asked for my home address and took a copy of my passport. Did other victims do the same? Already in the process of closing my bank account and opening a new one..really worried about my identity getting stolen. Any help or ideas?

  4. Tourist Assistance Centre says:

    Please be kind to forward this e-mail to the people more and more that will help us to protect other people to not to be their victimes any more.

  5. Linda Zhan says:

    I will go to BKK next week but very scared to be forced to buy some items which I am not interested. We are told we have to take 3000 CNY cash along (about 15000 THB) otherwise we may be expelled by Thailand goverment. From other victims’ articles, we get to know it should be a lie of the tourist agency who just want to get commission. And the tourit agency even stated clearly last week that each person has to consume at least 8000 THB at some shops they recommended otherwise they will have no money to make. What do they mean? Will we be forced to purchase some items we don’t need? Shall we take passport and return flight ticket by ourselves? I am afraid the agency may detain my passport and flight ticket if I don’t buy anthing which they require. I have nothing except for tension about the comming tour and even want to give up. (But company activity is not allowed to give up.)

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