The Jet Ski Scam in Thailand is an oldie to Thailand, most people have heard about it, a lot of people have been stung by the scam as well.The scam is most often played in resort cities of Phuket, Pattaya Beach, and Jomtien, though there is evidence by local expats that the scam also goes on in the Thai beach resort towns of Hua Hin as well.
How the Jet Ski Scam Works
Firstly what happens is you’ll go to the beach and they have jet ski’s you can rent, you haggle over a price but typical prices are about 500 baht for half an hour. Most people believe the scam involves charging foreigners way more than the 500 baht for half an hour but it’s not. You’ll take the Jet Ski out for a spin in the water and have a great time. You get back to the beach and then the owner of the Jet Ski claims that you damaged the Jet Ski, either it doesn’t work, makes a noise or there is actual physical damage to the Jet Ski. He say’s you are liable for the fixes and you have to pay him then and now or he’ll call the police. In fact he can call the police and in the end you’ll have to pay the owner.
How to Avoid getting ripped off by the Jet Ski Scam
It amazes me that people get ripped off by the Jet Ski Scam in Thailand because it’s pretty simple to avoid. If you’ve ever rented a car in your own country before you’ll know that you have to do an inspection on the vehicle before you can take out the car. This protects both parties, the owner so he doesn’t have to pay for damage and the person renting the vehicle so he doesn’t have to pay for damages that were pre-existing. In most cases in Thailand when you rent a motorbike or you rent a Jet Ski you don’t enter into that sort of contract. And because there is no contract typically the vehicle owner is always right. It sucks but it’s the truth. But the answer is simpler than you realise, all you need to do to avoid getting ripped off by the Jet Ski scam is to take photo’s of the Jet Ski before you take it out, there is your evidence and if the police are called. Theoretically you could do this afterwards though don’t go lying to the police because if you get caught lying they will lock you up for making their life difficult.
What the following video which exposes the entire Jet Ski scam in Pattaya.
So you heard it here, how to avoid getting done by the Jet Ski scam, if you have any information about how else people can get scammed by renting please let me know.
Disclaimer: Even though I’ve pointed out ways to avoid the Jet Ski scam there is still no way to determine if you will or will not get scammed. Always take caution and only use the methods described here as a guide to avoiding the scam.