Learning about Tourist scams in Thailand

Long Song Pagoda Panorama
Long Song Pagoda Panorama (Photo credit: Al404)

Investigators are warning tourist to pay attention to tourist scams in Thailand. One of the largest problems in Thai is women who investigators call "cheaters." These women prey on foreign men, manipulating them into giving them money. They are expert con artists and good liars. Thus, this is simply one of the scams occurring in Thai. It seems some tourists traveled to the area, and found themselves surrounded by fraud artists.

Other tourist scams in Thailand include career and opportunist artists in fraud. Opportunist artists supplement their income by overcharging foreigners. This is one of the largest scams occurring in Thai. Since many tourist attractions charge double to locals and foreigners, opportunist scammers often do not see their actions as wrong. They feel that if National Parks charge double, then they can get away with overcharging tourists as well.

Career artists make their living by robbing tourists. They use skillful tactics in verbal communication, often talking fast to the visitor in an effort to persuade them to give them money, or possessions. They are highly skilled at convincing people to buy fake jewelry, in which they present as real gold or silver.

Near the Grand Palace, complaints were lodged in regards to some people around the area with small bags of corn kernel, overcharging passersby. A group of overweight Thailand women and middle-aged men stand around with bags of kernel and friendly faces. They attempt to charge visitors 50 batts for each bag, and only give four to six bags of corn.

In Bangkok around the Saranrom Park, scammers prey on visitors. One man took his family to the park, and another man offered them free bikes to ride. Upon declining his offer, the man prompt them into a nice conversation by asking the family what where their plans. Upon the man, telling him what his plans was, i.e. to visit the Chiang Mai, yet explaining they had not purchased tickets to travel, the man said that millions of Chinese would be going to that area because of the Chinese New Year events. Bus and train tickets would be likely sold out. He referred him to visit TAT agencies to get tickets, in which after taking the man's advice, he soon learned he was scammed. Thus, if you are planning a trip to Thailand, take care to read up on other scams occurring by visiting the Internet.

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