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A Thai woman in Koh Samui allegedly ripped off at least 8 foreigners by offering visa extension services and taking off with the money. A group of foreigners reported the scam to officers at the Bo Phut police station, saying they placed deposits ranging from 10,000 baht to even 100,000 baht, but the services were never fulfilled.

A man posted a video on Facebook warning people about the alleged scam and saying he believes the woman stole around 10 million baht. A Thai TV news report shows a J&R Accounting business card for “Joy” which advertises accounting and work permit services.

“Be careful with your visa… There are a lot of people that just want your money and they don’t give the service.”

Apparently, some of the foreigners paid a deposit 6 months ago. They say Joy kept reassuring them that their applications processing. Now that visa amnesty is up, the foreigners worry about potential problems with immigration, Thai media reports.

Police told Thai media that this isn’t the first time they’ve heard of Joy. They issued a summons for her in the past. If she does not respond to the second summons, the police may go to court and request a warrant for her arrest.

A little over a week ago, at the neighbouring island Koh Pha Ngan, a language school allegedly ripped off more than 100 foreigners, claiming they were able to issue them with a 1 year education visa.

SOURCE: Thai Visa

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    murika

    November 9, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    a visa has to be made in person, so agent is NOT a legal way to make a visa, and they used forged document to get it, (i know some agent ere doing it the legal way, but in that case what the point to use them, if you have all the required document , you can just apply for the visa at immigration yourself) so those people choose to use an illegal way to stay in Thailand, they can only blame themselves, most retired who can’t have the 800k in the bank use and support those illegals schemes that also make immigration agent get bribe and become more and more corrupt. the funniest part is that those “cheating” farang are complaining sometime about illegal immigrants in their western home country.

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    Ynwaps

    November 9, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Trying to get back tourists while kicking out “stranded” tourists who spend all their income here in Thailand doesn’t seem to make much sense.

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    Tony Grace

    November 9, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Hear we go again.
    The power of a Thai business card and a smile fake Louis Vuitton borrowed Honda car no problem I can do .all Joys needs is gullible foreingers who don’t have the good sense to go to immigration yes they can be a pain but when you pay you get.word on the street is Joy got a real Louis Vuitton well second hand,

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    Khun plastic

    November 9, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Never pay upfront for anything anywhere,what don’t people understand about this?
    Sounds to good to be true,etc!

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    Robert Elliot

    November 9, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    My guess is they wont get much sympathy from Thai immigration.

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    Suua

    November 10, 2020 at 8:05 am

    Yet again….the cesspool of corruption floats to the top of the Thai swamp

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    SG666

    November 10, 2020 at 8:40 am

    What is the most interesting in this article is that this agent is obviously well known at the local police already.

    But as usual in LOScam when Thai and Fotwigner involved its not really prqxis to follow up on the Thai party if its the offending one.

    LOScam.

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    harry1

    November 10, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    l read 18 montha ago about a thai woman set up a travel shop in krabi and took the money but never produce air tickets or other travel documents. many local and foreigner lost their money.she spent a couple nights in jail,but wasnt prosecuted for fraud as the customers gave her the money ?

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    Khun plastic

    November 10, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Sure she was not the head of Thai in the area.
    They are well known for selling thousands of tickets and not providing a flight or a refund.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Leading Thai academics are calling on the government to get a move on and help the tourism industry before it’s too late. Addressing a gathering arranged by the Foundation for Labour and Employment Promotion, Kiriya Kulkolkran from Thammasat University’s Faculty of Economics, pointed to the 80% drop in international tourism as a result of the Covid-19 fallout. His estimate includes the first few months of the year when there was actually a functional tourism industry in Thailand.

According to a report in the Bangkok Post, Kiriya says just 4% of businesses in the tourism sector say they’ve made the same amount or more than they did before Covid-19. She adds that a survey shows employees in the industry are concerned about debt accumulation and “extremely worried about the future”.

Bovorn Subsing, from Chulalongkorn University’s Social Research Institute, has backed up the comments, saying tourism workers have seen their wages drop by 60%, while still facing the same, or higher, cost of living. The result is that most are now in debt.

Kiriya predicts the devastation could continue for over 3 years, affecting not just tourism operators but the entire supply chain, as well as new graduates and those seeking their first job. She says that until the sector recovers, the government needs to provide tailored help for businesses, singling out Phuket hotels, who are struggling to survive without foreign guests.

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