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Disabled Austrian swindled out of 10 million baht by “girlfriend”

Jack Burton

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Sanook reports that a 49 year old disabled Austrian man, who thought he had found his soulmate in Chiang Mai, has been swindled out of about 10 million baht by his sweet-talking lover. Love blossomed as they continued their relationship online, and marriage was in the air… or so he thought.

The pair were the same age and she would care for him and help him cope with his disability. He bought her a house, 2 expensive cars and financed a shop. Then a man turned up claiming to be her brother, but in reality was her ex-husband. Now she’s disappeared and it turns out the house was never bought at all.

Police and lawyers have demanded cash and now the man is staying at a retirement home in Hua Hin while he figures out what to do. He’s in need of money for an expensive surgery, and has offered a reward for anyone who can track down the supposed love of his life, who turned out to be a common fraudster.

2 years ago “G.P.” came on holiday to Thailand, and despite a spinal injury that left him with limited mobility, he travelled all over the kingdom before arriving in Chiang Mai.

There he met “Amy,” also 49, a taxi driver. They immediately hit it off and she took him under her wing and they travelled extensively together. A relationship blossomed. Then he went back to Austria. They kept in touch via social media and his feelings grew stronger.

He made the decision to move to Thailand and promised to improve Amy’s life. Then came the financial commitments. He bought her a 4.5 million baht house, a 2.9 million baht Mercedes Benz, a 1.1 million baht Honda HR-V, paid a million for decorations for the house and financed her dream of a silver shop.

They decided to marry, making it easier for him to reside in Thailand. Then her “brother” turned up. He was obliged to buy frequent expensive meals for them all, often at a cost of 5,000 – 6,000 baht. Later he discovered this was her ex-husband.

Then it emerged that the money supposedly paid for the house was not 4.5 million at all but just a 250,000 baht down payment. She kept the rest, and the silver shop never existed. Now she has completely disappeared and he’s discovered that she has changed her name 5 times.

“G.P.” contacted Chiang Mai police and a lawyer, but they both needed money to act on his behalf. He says he’ll be happy if he gets back just some of his money and won’t press charges if he can get a settlement.

SOURCES: thaivisa | Sanook

 

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    ken jones

    Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    The merry go round. This story happens since the beggining of Farangs banging Thai’s.

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    It is what makes Western men so attractive to Thai women – our gullibility.
    I once bought four lady drinks for a dancer in a Go Go Bar, and at the end of the night, she said she could not go with me because she had to go home to feed her cat!

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      Andy T.

      Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 11:57 pm

      >our
      Speak for yourself. Actually, you’re probably not even gullible. I bet you’re just so desperate you want to believe they’re telling the truth.

      >she said she could not go with me because she had to go home to feed her cat
      Yeah, that’s called a polite way to say no. Tends to happen when you’re ugly and/or cringe.

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        Toby Andrews

        Monday, June 8, 2020 at 12:15 pm

        What she did not really love me!

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    It is what make Western men so attractive to Thai women – our gullibility.
    I once bought a dancer in a Go Go Bar four lady drinks and at the end of the night, she said she could not go with me because she had to go home to feed her cat!

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      Kemmy

      Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 9:53 pm

      ??

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      CJK

      Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 2:16 am

      When you say “western men” I think you actually mean “desperate loser men” like yourself.

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    Frank Hansen

    Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    Why do the police need money to investigate a crime??

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      John Conlin-Jones.

      Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 10:53 am

      Because this is Thailand that’s why.

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    rusty shackleford

    Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Post a picture of her if you want people to help find her, just the name Amy and 49 years old isnt going to help much

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    Tobias Krantz

    Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 11:54 pm

    I am a Black American man living in Thailand but the Thai women do not want me because they realize I am a little smarter than them. I watch the Farangs with these woman and I have to laugh, they think they are being loved while the Thai woman is showing absolutely no affection walking 3 meters behind who they suppose to love. It is amazing.

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      Toby Andrews

      Monday, June 8, 2020 at 12:14 pm

      Tobias Thai women do not want black men because in Thailand the darker skin you have the less status you have, hence motor cycle taxi drivers wearing long sleeves and gloves.
      Lack of Thais sunbathing . . .
      I am surprised with your intelligence you did not realise that.

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    Tobias Krantz

    Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 12:05 am

    What an idiot, no sympathy from me. Thai women do not want Black men because they know they cannot do that to us. I do not get my choice of hundreds like the Farangs but the ones willing to befriend me are genuine and sincere.

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      Lewis

      Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 12:53 pm

      It’s not because you’re smart, it’s because you’re black. Thai people don’t like dark skin. This is why they have whitening agents in all their skin products. Yes it’s stupid but that’s the reality of it.

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      SJK

      Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 2:18 am

      The gold diggers don’t want black men because they know you have nothing to take.

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    Dean

    Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 1:03 am

    Good luck with getting money back,got more chance of being abducted by aliens.

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      AdamRich

      Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 1:23 pm

      Yeah I would have said that I got abducted by aliens and they stole all my money before I said I gave it away to some random chick. Why is it a crime to receive money that he freely gave away? And what does the surgery that he needs today have to do with the money he gave away yesterday? If you want to know how someone really feels about you, show up without money.

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      modi the great

      Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 2:23 pm

      oh…dear
      u r good guy but unfortunately u took huge decision very quikly.Thai lady love 3..M very much money..mobile..makeup …They dsnt belive or west time in 4 words love …their world is different they never westing time in love..kids..family…they want to live their life in thier style ever

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      Toby Andrews

      Monday, June 8, 2020 at 12:19 pm

      I’m an alien. I wish someone would abduct me out of the Far East. lol

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    Alan Foos

    Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 4:59 am

    Sounds very much like the woman my Thai wife befriended in 2007, the year before I met her in Chiang Mai. I new she was being swindled and got full proof of that, but the police and attorneys and courts are just as crooked so we bore up through five years of court cases while my lovely wife was torn to shreds by the dogs,threatening to put my well known wife in prison for perjury while shoving all the evidence under the rug. I believe she also took a farang for about 10 million baht. Yeah, she keeps changing her name and relocating.

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    mark

    Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 6:37 am

    NOT easy for guliiable muppet farlag!

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    Clyde James

    Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    This story as written is not even newsworthy, every day in just about every culture naive people are swindled out of their money by gold diggers, con artists, and unethical businesses. What is despicable about this story is it fans the flames of racial prejudice between Farangs and Thais, casting a stereotypical implication that genuine and sincere Farangs are gullible and being taken advantage of by Thais. Just read the comments and the racial prejudice jumps out.
    Thai men are occasionally swindled by Thai women, Auto mechanics overcharge naive car owners, doctors perform unnecessary surgeries, and investment schemes of every kind con people out of their money every day. When stories are written up as Americans or Farangs cheated by Thais to sensationalize the story and play off the inherent prejudices, this is particularly offensive and simply bad journalism.
    When stories are written to enlighten or warn people to beware of scams, issues, or hazards, they should not use the race or gender card to incite controversy or sensationalize the story. There is already enough friction and distrust among people it doesn’t need to be encouraged by irresponsible reporting. There are enough riots, beatings, and fires burning already, our societies need responsible journalists, not sensationalists.

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    Clyde James

    Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    This story as written is not even newsworthy, every day in just about every culture naive people are swindled out of their money by gold diggers, con artists, and unethical businesses. What is despicable about this story is it fans the flames of racial prejudice between Farangs and Thais, casting a stereotypical implication that genuine and sincere Farangs are gullible and being taken advantage of by Thais. Just read the comments and the racial prejudice jumps out.
    Thai men are occasionally swindled by Thai women, Auto mechanics overcharge naive car owners, doctors perform unnecessary surgeries, and investment schemes of every kind con people out of their money every day. When stories are written up as Austrian or Farangs cheated by Thais to sensationalize the story and play off the inherent prejudices, this is particularly offensive and simply bad journalism.
    When stories are written to enlighten or warn people to beware of scams, issues, or hazards, they should not use the race or gender card to incite controversy or sensationalize the story. There is already enough friction and distrust among people it doesn’t need to be encouraged by irresponsible reporting. There are enough riots, beatings, and fires burning already, our societies need responsible journalists, not sensationalists.

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      CJK

      Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 2:20 am

      Very low IQ take there, Clyde. I suggest you stick to mongering and leave the journalism to others.

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    sam thompson

    Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    A sad tale, told way too often and repeated with alarming regularity. Any male with a decent amount of funds will be a target and subsequently every potential target should proceed with extreme caution. Never fall into the trap of funding a house as that is just like signing a cheque. If you must go for a proeprty then buy a condo because you can own that 100% and as for a buying expensive cars, just ridiculous. Cases like this aleays remind me of the poor guy down in Hua Hin who ended up on a BBQ [Google it] but more importantly should be a reminder of the potential, callous evil that often lies behind the smiles.

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    martin

    Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    It’s only fair I would say.. You all think Thai don’t know why you are all in love with them all of sudden.. Cheap and fun retirement set up that’s all it is about.. You see, that lady who he claims robbed him too has retirement plans, Only difference is her plan was better than his.

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    Leopold Bloom

    Monday, June 8, 2020 at 8:09 am

    Happens three times a day after meals in Thailand.

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    kman

    Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    I might Bar Fine are Instant Message for an hour or two .. maybe even a whole night .. at the extreme I could spring for a 300 baht dress or pair of shoes .. but when it comes to my retirement income I know where to draw the lines .. spread the wealth around in bits and pieces

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      7.62mm of darwin

      Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 1:02 pm

      Right on spread it around and always remember in Thailand you are buying it. My motto is NO HONEY NO MONEY…..works for me

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        CJK

        Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 2:22 am

        >always remember
        Only if you’re very ugly. Just as anywhere else.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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