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Thai police warn about romance scammers on dating applications

Caitlin Ashworth

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Police are warning about a romance scam where people pose as attractive foreigners on dating applications and, after some sweet talking, convince victims to transfer money to an account for an “investment opportunity.”

Police say the scammers claim the coronavirus pandemic has affected their business and they’ve started investing in the stock market as well as cryptocurrency. Police say the scammers send a photo showing their “profits” to entice people to make an “investment.”

The Department of Special Investigation posted a notice in Thai warning locals about scammers that target people on both dating apps and apps used to make friends. The scammers allegedly pose as both men and women.

After getting the victim on board to start making investments, the scammer will then send a link to a website or app, Thai media reports. The scammer claims they know a “shortcut” to make quick money from investments. The victims either transfer money to a Thai account or they convert their money to cryptocurrency before transferring it.

Apparently, the scammer will give the victim a profit for the first few investments, enticing them to put more money down to get a larger return. Then the scammer says “problems” start to happen with the system that require the victim to put down more money. Thai media did not report on how many people were affected by the scam or how much money was lost.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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    Graham Smith

    Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Scam is a normal habit in thailand, so why is this different?

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    Buttaxe

    Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Be nice if they also warned foreign guys about the 40 to 50% of Thai women on dating sites that are scammers – from straightforward asking for gifts, money to travel to meet you or to ‘buy clothes’ for that meeting (that will not materialise), or the sick relative and other numerous bad luck stories.
    One can date successfully online but it is a minefield for the naive or overly-trusting foreign guy.

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    Tony Grace

    Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    Most people that are scammed is there own greed .They see all of them imagnery $$ dollars and that takes over there rashional thinking so the scammers have now got you thinking I can be rich soon. In reality if you have such a good business enterprise any bank in any icountry would be more that happy to support such a venture definitely would no be tell some on line about my future sucess So next time a scammer askes you to send money you say I rather you send me some to show good will between us.im petty sure the relationship will brake down.

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    James

    Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    These sorts of scams happen all over the world.

    If it sounds too fantastic and easy then it is a scam.

    If the scammers have made lots of profit then why do they need you to help them invest, they would keep such a good money earner secret from everyone else?

    I do know a Thai woman living in Thailand who is a widow and was befriended by a man who said he was an Englishman, they ‘met’ online, after a few weeks he said he was on the way to see her, to build her a house etc. He asked for help with the airfare as his money was tied up in bonds.

    I asked her for the man’s name, of course I knew it was a scam, I could also see the name was not an English name.

    Plus of course, it was the standard old scam.

    She did not send any money and she never heard from him again.

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    Khun plastic

    Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 12:09 am

    That sounds like the pot calling the kettle browny ass to me!

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    Khun plastic

    Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 12:11 am

    Sounds like sick water buffalo story to me.

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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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