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One of the biggest targets for scammers has always been the Grand Palace in Bangkok, mostly because it has such a high concentration of tourists visiting any time of the year.

Google ‘scams in Thailand’ and you’ll always be reading about the creative ways taxi and tuk tuk drivers, and local vendors, have of parting tourists from their cash around the Grand Palace.

But today, troops, tourist police and officials from several agencies rounded up 126 Thai taxi and tuk tuk drivers for allegedly taking advantage of foreign tourists around Bangkok’s busy Grand Palace.

The suspects were arrested in a joint operation yesterday, according to Lt Gen Thirapol Kupatanon.

He said that those arrested included taxi drivers who refused to use their meters or who rejected passengers. Also arrested were street vendors who overcharged tourists.

He said the officials also took a record of another 28 tuk-tuk and taxi drivers around Sanam Luang and Grand Palace to warn them not to take advantage of tourists.

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