If you’ve lived in Thailand long enough 99.9% chance that you have been scammed. You may not even realize or know that you’ve been scammed either. Because Thai people are great at fooling you, even making you believe it was your fault you got scammed, people here can be devious. You might even think that it’s only Thai’s are scamming you too but don’t be fooled. There are plenty of foreigners involved in Scams in Thailand.
Some of the greatest scams in Thailand are those that have involved foreigners while the Thai’s tend to lend themselves to petty scams or marriage scams.
Thai owned scams
Fake or blatantly criminal Tour operators
This is the most expensive scam, and why you shouldn’t book anything at a tour operator, especially high ticket items. I’ve heard hundreds of people have booked an airline ticket through an agency, only to get to the terminal to find that they have no ticket, they have to pay for a flight because they have no time left to go back to the agent hence they get away with it. Another tour scam is to open a front shop wait to get enough customers then in their busiest time book everything a week in andvance and just leave, this happens a lot.
Tuk Tuk Scams
There are many variations of the Tuk Tuk scam the most well known is the free ride scam where a Tuk Tuk driver will say he’ll take you anywhere but end up manipulating you into going into Tailer shops so he can get a commission you won’t see anything interesting but you’ll be stuck in the back of a Tuk Tuk for a few hours. Another scam Tuk Tuk drivers like to pull along with Taxi drivers is to take you somewhere completely different to where you want to go in order to gauge you when they actually do take you where you want to go often blaming you for telling them something different.
Dual Price Scam
Two price system or dual pricing is not exactly a scam but it feels like racism. Charging foreigners up to 10 times the amount of the normal ticket feels like your being cheated. Often the signs are clearly racial even clubs get in on the act letting some foreigners (Asians) in free and white or black people have to pay.
These scams can happen at any type of karaoke or gentlemen’s clubs in Thailand there are many variations but the most profitable is to bring in drinks you didn’t order or have girls take a sip of one drink then have the server order another immediately.
The oldest scam in the book and the amount of guys seeking romance in Thailand it’s easy to see how it continues to be a problem. The marriage scam I don’t think is really intentional but who knows what goes through these women’s heads. Again this scam can happen many times but the easiest scam is to have the guy leave a large Sin Sod as deposit for the girls hand in marriage before she flees and he never sees the money again.
Foreigner Owned Scam
Dating Site Scams
This scam is my favorite scam because i know several people who have done it before and it really worked. A foreigner uses his girlfriends photos online and posses as a distressed young Thai girl needing an older man to take care of her, a few emails later and the scammer convinces the guy that she is going to go meet him in Chiang mai Bangkok or wherever the person they are scamming is located. The only problem is she has no money for the bus so can he wire her a few thousand? Need a phone call for proof no problem, the scammer gets his girlfriend to call to close the deal, the guy is now convinced and sends the money to her bank account. Sound familiar? And it works really good as their is an abundant supply of guys in Thailand looking for cheap thrills and the thought of sending a young school girl bus money to go meet then for a weekend is something that appeals. The girl will never show up though and you’ll be left wondering what happened. What’s funny about the guys who get scammed is when the girl calls after they have sent the money and tells them that her friend wants to come too can you send money for her too they almost always send more.
These are big operations and I suspect there are more than 500 groups working in Thailand mostly because of there theft by phone laws make it easier to conduct. Not all the people they target are in Thailand either, many live overseas and are being conned out of big money. Call enough people and you’ll find some idiot who is willing to hand over 100 g’s for a chance of a lifetime opportunity.
Another big scam going around that Foreigners are becoming apart of is the Timeshare Scam in Thailand. Where they are bleeding millions of unsuspecting tourists.
So the Thai’s have the marriage scam well we have the marriage scam in fact so many guys are scamming now that there’s a group of Thai ladies out there actively involved in a Thai Anti Scam movement. Basically the guy develops a relationship with a woman online who he is preparing to come and marry the lady. On arrival at the airport the unsuspecting victim get’s a phone call from a Thai lady who sternly informs the lady that the guy needs help paying for custom duties to enter the country. She wires 30-50,000 baht after some convincing then they are never heard from again. The Thai Anti scam movement even have a phone app that blocks the con artists from calling.
How to not get scammed in Thailand
If you go to Thailand there is more than 100% chance that someone is going to scam you out of your money, you need to be sharp on your toes and just like back home, treat strangers as strangers. You wouldn’t give a total stranger total trust with you and your money, then nor should you when you travel to Thailand. Don’t get totally drunk you can’t walk either as you will be viewed as a walking target, almost 40% of thai scams are done on those who are drunk and fall easy into a scam. Just keep your wits about yourself.
Have you been scammed in Thailand? How did it happen? Let us know in the comments section.