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Man warns public of online durian scam

Photo via Alex & Deluxe Jong from Flickr.

After filing a police report in Samut Sakhon, a central Thai province, a 55 year old man hopes to warn others of the perils of buying durian online. The man had attempted to buy “volcano durian” through an online dealer, but after sending the durian dealer money, the seller allegedly vanished.

Busamat, the would-be durian buyer, says he wanted to eat the special durian himself as well as giving some to friends and family.

Busamat had located the durian dealer on Facebook. The seller called himself “Mai Kongnil”. Mai said he had durian farm in the Rayong Province. Busamat felt it was a credible story and ordered durian and longan fruit. The bill came to 4,300 baht. Mai provided a bank account number and Busamat sent the money.

Mai said the durian would arrive in 2 days.

However, Busamat’s attempts to contact Mai after the bill was paid went unanswered. Busamat alleges Mai removed his Facebook account. This was when Busamat knew no Durian was coming. He was an (alleged) victim of durian scamming.

Busamat believes he will not be reimbursed for the durian not materializing. His hope is that others will not fall prey to the siren call of volcano durian. Also, the police will catch the alleged scammer.

Currently, police have issued an arrest warrant for the duplicitous durian scammer who calls themselves “Mai Kongnil”.

Further information will be given on the case as it comes in.

Last week, other alleged criminals who couldn’t resist durian’s allure of pleasure or profit were arrested trying to smuggle the fruit across the border from Myanmar.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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Jack Arthur

Jack is from the USA, has a B.A. in English, and writes on a variety of topics. He lives in Thailand.

6 Comments

  1. Very true @Toby Andrew’s. I think one of the small comforts you can take about the Thai attitude to people is that it generally doesn’t discriminate. They would seek their own grandmother to make a few baht. They rip off foreigners and each other. No compassion or morals in my opinion. Kids from poor families have no chance of ever making it in to a good job. Either the education will cost too much, or they can’t place enough brown envelops under the table to get to the right college or university. If they manage that then promotions and opportunities in businesses are just as expensive. Forget promotions on merit, it’s about what you can pay your boss to promote you. What a truly dreadful and evil culture they have created. Then they all go to the temple and pay merit in the hope of balancing their karma after behaving like complete C*#ts all week. Dreadful. (PS @Simon Small. That’s not a racist comment, it’s an observable fact of how Thai society functions).

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