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  1. http://youtu.be/UZSH0RizajE I remember reading a couple of years ago in the Thai news that karaoke bars around Chiang Mai were pulling a scam whereby Thai customers were forced to pay extortionate amounts after a couple of hours time on the premises with threats of violence for non-compliance. This farang (French?) got caught with the same scam recently there. 47,000 Baht for 4 hours! He says he just sat with the girls and had drinks and nothing 'special' occurred with the girls ie no 'extras'. Some of the girls seem to have accompanied him to the police station to be sure to get their money.
  2. Pattaya 'penis massage' bandits put behind bars By Coconuts BangkokJuly 10, 2013 / 16:35 ICT The thieving reign of terror committed by a “penis massage†female scam gang is over, thanks to some expert sleuthing work from the boys in brown. The caper started when three Indian tourists told police that three women had duped them into a “penis massage†scam at a room on Soi Sukhumvit 40 in Central Pattaya. When the penis massages were over and the women had left, the Indian men realized that their wallets were gone along with around USD2,350. The police hit the streets looking for the suspects and received a tip that the gang of female suspects (including a ladyboy) was actually performing the same trick on two other foreign tourists in a nearby hotel room. Police raided the room and found three suspects Ms. Dusadee Surisang, 30, Ms. Prakai Prasitnork 37, Ms. Praewpan Khaosum-ang, 24, as they were “performing their trade†on the hotel bed, KhaoSod English reported. A fourth suspect, Mr. Sutat Prompakdee, 39, (the ladyboy!) was found hiding under the bed. The four were arrested and brought to the police station for questioning, where they explained their M.O. The women said that they would perform a massage on the bed while Mr. Sutat hid under it and went through the discarded pant pockets of the victims. The suspects said they had committed the scam many times, and always changed venues in Pattaya. They were brought back to the hotel room to re-enact the crime, resulting in this amusing photo: http://bangkok.cocon...put-behind-bars http://www.khaosod.c...E9PQ==&catid=03
  3. Wham Bam Thank You Scam Came across this documentary of an Australian who travels to Thailand in an attempt to find the people who conned him out of US $ 110,000 in a boiler room scam. From the blurb: Despite its constant political unrest, Bangkok is still a very popular tourist destination, but the main character in this documentary is not there as a tourist. He’s not even there as a business traveller. To be honest, he really doesn’t want to be there at all, so why he is, Keith Jones, waiting at Bangkok station for an overnight train to Chiang Mai? Well, this story is one of deceit, theft, police incompetence, international loopholes and the apathy of a major corporate bank. It is also his story of how almost entirely on his own he tracked down a sophisticated gang of fraudsters. This is his second time in Bangkok in two years, and exactly as before, he’d rather not be there, but unfortunately, sometimes, there are things that you just have to do whether you like it or not. He’s about to board an overnight train to Chiang Mai, a 14 hour journey to the north of Thailand. He’s making this film as a record of the atrocious and ridiculous events that have lead him to this point. He’s also making it as some sort of catharsis. Finally, he’s making it as a stark warning to others. Life can be strange sometimes. One minute, you can be travelling along thinking that everything is okay, and almost out of nowhere, the malicious actions of another person can affect your life forever. His story begins back in Australia. He was working from his office one day, when the phone rang. It was the company calling themselves Humphrey Capital Investments, a global financial services group with offices in California and Singapore. Over the coming weeks, he had several informal conversations with their senior portfolio manager John Thompson. One of his recommendations was to invest in Nokia shares. This seemed to present a good buying opportunity. Humphrey Capital Group sent him client forms, and after processing his application, they bought Nokia shares on his behalf. He subsequently paid the invoice by bank transfer to their company account at an HSBC bank in Hong Kong. Over the coming weeks, John Thompson rang him several times to discuss his portfolio, but at the end of the month, he rang to tell him that his company had been bought out by a group called Wellnic Investments. His new advisor would be Edward Martin, the Vice Chairman of Wellnic Investments. Wellnic’s credentials looked similarly impressive, and their website showed detailed information on the company. A few days later, he had a call from Edward Martin, and like his predecessor, Edward had an American accent and came over as professional and friendly. He explained that he’d be his new advisor, and he looked forward to a long and profitable relationship, and that’s exactly how it turned out to be. Over a very long period, Keith Jones purchased a variety of low-risk US stocks, trusts and deposits. All trades were paid for through account at a HSBC Bank in Hong Kong. Subsequently, like the proverbial lamb to the slaughter, he continued to make investments through the Wellnic Group. Within 12 months, he’d invested over $110,000 US dollars. Even saying it now makes him feel quite sick. You often hear that people are scammed through greed, and where unrealistic returns are involved, but most of his investments with Wellnic were supposed to pay around 10 to 12 percent per annum; good, but at the time, not unrealistic. In fact, it was only when things started to sound too good to be true that he became suspicious. Full documentary here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HbvY1ZDhwg
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