Elderly Thai woman duped by thieves in lottery and gold necklace scam

PHOTO: Sanook

An elderly Thai woman was tricked by gold necklace thieves performing a scam lottery number ceremony at famous temple in Udon Thani, Thailand. The 75 year old victim lost a one-baht gold necklace worth 32,800 baht (US$993) to the criminals.

A Sanook reporter visited Udon Thani’s Wat Phra Thaen yesterday at 3pm to investigate Mai Boonpha’s complaint. She claimed that a senior gentleman around 70 years old and a middle-aged woman between 40 and 50 years old scammed her. Moreover, they purportedly arrived in a bronzed-silver Toyota pickup truck that conspicuously lacked a front license plate. The two individuals had persuaded her to take part in a ceremony to request a “lucky lottery number” inside their vehicle. Subsequently, she lost her one-baht gold necklace, which was worth 32,800 baht (US$993).

Surveillance footage within Wat Phra Thaen recorded the suspects driving the victim to the temple in their truck, where they performed the ceremony for eight minutes. The criminals planned the scam around the temple’s CCTV surveillance, so no one left the vehicle. Following the alleged lucky number revelation, they went on to buy lottery tickets together.

Mai Boonpha recounted her disbelief upon realising she had been deceived, accompanied by anger and disappointment. After her niece filed a complaint with the local police, the news reporter approached her for an interview. The purpose of the interview was to alert the public about this particular scam and seek assistance from the media in spreading awareness.

“It was my own greed for wanting to win 3 million that caused this to happen,” she admitted. “My niece, who bought that necklace for me two years ago, didn’t blame me but rather supported me in lodging the complaint and coming to the media to warn others.”

Most Thais enjoy playing the lottery, but unfortunately, there are many scams out there. In a similar incident, a Thai man lost 10,000 baht after buying counterfeit lottery tickets. Read more HERE.

Crime NewsThailand News

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Samantha Rose

Samantha was a successful freelance journalist who worked with international news organizations before joining Thaiger. With a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from London, her global perspective on news and current affairs is influenced by her days in London, Singapore, and Bangkok. She now uncovers general stories related to Thailand.