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Jan 8th, 2013

Foreign ambassadors in Thailand: scams and cheats continuing to plague Phuket’s tourism industry

Tuk-tuk, jet-ski, taxi scams: Ambassadors name the bane of Phuket – phuketgazette.net, January 8, 2013 …Speaking with Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut at Provincial Hall this afternoon, ambassadors Mark Kent of the UK, Philip Calvert of Canada and Joan Boer of … Continue reading

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The violent farang mafia that run Thailand’s flourishing boiler room scams and sex industry

Drugs, sex, rape, loadsamoney – Boiler rooms and salutary neglect – andrew-drummond.com, July 9, 2012 …Again a bit of gloss was put on this arrest. Not only did those charges not materialize but after negotiations all were simply deported on … Continue reading

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Deputy PM orders investigation into Phuket jet-ski scams

Deputy PM orders investigation into Phuket jet-ski scams – Phuket Gazette, August 19, 2009 [Thanks to Mud for pointing this out.] …The typical Phuket scam runs like this: a tourist rents a jet-ski at the beach. When they return the … Continue reading

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Tourist Police target Mae Sot gem market scams

Tourist Police target Mae Sot gem market scams – The Irrawaddy, April 21, 2006 Mae Sot Tourist Police recently put in place a new regulation for gems traders after accusations that illegal brokers were selling fake stones to tourists…

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How to save the zero-dollar tour?

From Thairath, November 23, 2016 Title: Nang Kwak… beckoning harder [the Nang Kwak spirit is a household divinity believed to beckon good fortune and attract customers to a business] On Nang Kwak’s dress: Tourism Flag on the left: Tourists On … Continue reading

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Police Arrest 21 People Over Long-Running Gem Scam

Police Arrest 21 People Over Long-Running BKK Gem Scam – Khaosod, July 4, 2015 …The long-running hoax involves tuk-tuk drivers telling foreign tourists that famous attractions, such the Grand Palace, are “closed,” and then offering the tourists discounted rides around … Continue reading

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Unprecedented: Gem scam suspects arrested

Unprecedented: Tuk-tuk, gems swindling suspects arrested – Bangkok Post, May 21, 2015 …The gang was accused of targeting tourists wanting to visit popular tourist attractions in Bangkok such as Wat Pho and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, or Wat … Continue reading

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Get killed in Thailand? Your relatives will have to pay bribes to the police

Caring Gosport woman killed while on a retreat in Thailand – portsmouth.co.uk, November 7, 2014 …Mr Breckon told coroner David Horsley of the ‘blood agreement’ the Thai police asked him and the father of the driver to make after he … Continue reading

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In a couple days of headlines, how many ways is there to say Thailand is a cesspool of corruption?

Thailand’s role at heart of identity crime – FT, March 11, 2014 …According to the Thai government, more than 60,000 passports were reported missing in the 18 months to June 2013… Thailand exposed as black market for stolen passports following … Continue reading

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Same same

From Thairath, August 15, 2013 Cartoon title: Same same Left: Insert black chemical paper into this device, and it will produce a legal dollar bill! [referring to scams run in Bangkok against gullible foreigners] Right: Put a dirty man [meaning … Continue reading

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Tourists in Phuket should be wary of extortion gangs, some are in cahoots with police

Aussies warned about Phuket scamsters – SMH, December 24, 2012 Australian tourists in Phuket should be wary of extortion gangs, some of which are in cahoots with local police…

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Your Investment Guide to Thailand
การแนะนำการลงทุนในประเทศไทยของคุณ

Your Investment Guide to Thailand …The book is not aimed at experts or those highly experienced in such matters. It is aimed at everyday mum and dad expats and regular visitors who may be tempted to make major investments here, … Continue reading

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Gem Scam: 463/9-12, Look-Luang Rd

From an email: …I was in Bangkok May 3-5 with my boyfriend, we are currently still traveling in Thailand. We have had some trouble since arriving. We were touring temples May 4 and were approached by the “Tourist Police” who … Continue reading

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GT200 scam

  (Source: Unival Group) How does the GT200 "work?" – January 29, 2010 [Thanks to Mud for pointing this out.] From e-k9.net: 4 – How does the GT200 work? The GT200 works on the principal of dia/para magnetism. All substances … Continue reading

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Yindee Lapidary

(Photo: 2Bangkok.com) The area around Central World seems to be particularly bad for gem scam touts these days. Stand around outside for a few minutes and one will likely be approached by touts claiming to be "Manager of Central World" … Continue reading

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2Bangkok in Lonely Planet

2Bangkok in Lonely Planet – September 23, 2009 Don reports: The new Lonely Planet Thailand came out last month (13th edition, published August 2009), and 2Bangkok gets two mentions, both of them in the Bangkok section. Page 107, in the … Continue reading

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Jet ski video maker faces prosecution – Police admit extortion of tourists hard to stop

Jet ski video maker faces prosecution – Police admit extortion of tourists hard to stop – Bangkok Post, September 16, 2009 A Thai video production company involved in the filming of alleged extortion of foreigners by a Phuket jet ski … Continue reading

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Bangkok Airport Scam

The Bangkok Airport Scam Warnings issued about alleged Bangkok airport scam – Thailandnews, August 7, 2009 …But the allegations of extortion take things to another level. “We are quite concerned about this,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Vimon Kidchob said Thursday. “The government … Continue reading

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Gem scam report – The Oscar

More on the Gem Scam & maps to the scam stores A reader reports: I have been a victim of this scam and it was not until I did a search on Thai Gems that my heart exploded (after reading your … Continue reading

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The Gem Scam Main Page

(Photo: 2Bangkok.com) If you have been cheated and what a refund Note: This page is current to around 2009. In recent years, as information on the internet led to better informed tourists, scammers switched to targeting Chinese and others Asian … Continue reading

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“Presentation and talk on Aura Energy Fields”

"Presentation and talk on Aura Energy Fields" – June 7, 2007 [Thailand seems ripe for these kind of scams…] From a press release: Meeting on Friday, 8 June 2007 At the Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel – Dr John Rogerson on … Continue reading

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“A mean conman is in town”

"A mean conman is in town" – April 20, 2007 Michael Rastrup Smith writes: I am a correspondent of Danish National TV, TV2 Denmark, based in Bangkok. I earlier did a 45 mins. TV documentary on a very nasty Danish … Continue reading

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Scam report from Blue Dragon

(Photo: 2Bangkok.com) A reader reports: Me and my wife visited Bangkok on Dec 25th 2006 and planned to stay there till Dec 28th. As usual, we scheduled a day to visit all the temples and Buddhas. After visiting the Wot … Continue reading

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Blue Dragon – February 17, 2007

Gem scam story: Blue Dragon – February 17, 2007 2Bangkok.com actually received another story from another tourist who was in the Blue Dragon at the time as the person below was… A reader reports: I have just returned from my … Continue reading

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Blue Dragon – January 17, 2007

Gem scam story: Blue Dragon – January 17, 2007 A reader reports: Hello, I was recently in Thailand and managed to become another foolish tourist scammed in Thailand.  When I returned to Japan (I am a canadian currently teaching in … Continue reading

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The Gem Scam reports (pre 2008)

Return to Gem Scam main page Latest news Older news Getting a free ride from the gem scammers – December 13, 2007 A reader reports: I am currently in bangkok, just spent the day touring some temples (many of my … Continue reading

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Blue Dragon – January 7, 2007

A reader reports: My sister and I also recently fell prey to this scam.  It was on the last full day we were in Bangkok (Monday 30 October) that visiting temples, including the "lucky" temple, was arranged for us by … Continue reading

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SNP Jewelry – December 27, 2006

(Photo: 2Bangkok.com) Google Earth placemark 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 … Continue reading

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Blue Dragon Factory Export Center – December 23, 2006

[Google Earth link] A reader reports: Hi, I just wanted to share my gem scam story with people. I hope it will be able to prevent some tourists from being scammed like I did. I am from Montreal, Canada and … Continue reading

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Blue Dragon Factory Export Center – December 17, 2006

A reader reports: I also just become a gem scam victim at Blue Dragon Factory Export Center Co., Ltd. in Bangkok. [Google Earth link] The following text describes the facts of the case that just occurred at Dec 14th 2006. … Continue reading

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