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Foreigners report alleged visa scam in Koh Samui

Caitlin Ashworth

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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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11 Comments

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    murika

    Monday, 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

    Monday, 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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      dee

      Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 8:33 pm

      FACTS!

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    Tony Grace

    Monday, 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

    Monday, 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

    Monday, November 9, 2020 at 9:27 pm

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

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    Suua

    Tuesday, 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

    Tuesday, 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

    Tuesday, 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

    Tuesday, 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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    dee

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    This story is missing the entire point! The immigration offices (and ultimately the Thai government) is behind all of the scams. The tourist industry is dead due to the Covid crisis; the Elite VISA scam is not attracting enough fools; the immigration offices have to do something to get money to pay salaries. Also, let’s not forget that (allegedly) the budget for education is directly tied to the fees collected from immigration. Why get 1900-2000 baht here and there when you can get 10000-20000 baht? When teachers were required to get visas to begin the 2020-2021 academic school year, immigration offices all over Thailand (allegedly) were overcharging for the visa fee to process the visas inside the country. We stupid teachers paid 10000-20000 baht for the 2000 baht visa. On our receipts was written 2000 baht! CORRUPTION SCAM! So I am not surprised by this woman and more than likely, she had help from government officials to carry out that scam!

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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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