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Thailand’s lovers warned about ‘sextortion’ ahead of Valentine’s Day
The Thai police have warned women to be wary of “sextortion” scams as lovers throughout the world tomorrow celebrate the most romantic day of the year – Valentine’s Day.
The Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) warned that danger lurks around the corner.
They issued a warning to couples about the dangers of recording their sexy time on Valentine’s Day. According to Pol Col Siriwat, the division’s deputy commander, some women may be susceptible to blackmail if the relationship ends and the footage falls into the wrong hands.
The TCSD also warns people not to fall for romance scams. In these scams, scammers create fake profiles of attractive individuals, usually posing as foreigners, to establish relationships with their victims. The ultimate goal of the scam is to convince the victim to transfer money to the scammer.
Another type of scam to be aware of is the hybrid scam, according to Pol Col Siriwat.
In this type of scam, criminals manipulate women into falling in love with them and then convince them to “invest” their money. The victims only realize they have been scammed once it is too late.
Pol Lt Col Nopawan, the deputy spokeswoman of the Royal Thai Police Office, made known that 168 reports of romance scams and 235 reports of hybrid scams were reported last month.
Building under construction collapses in Bangkok injuring 5
Over 100 Burmese workers fled to safety as a four-storey building under construction in Bangkok collapsed yesterday. Five people were injured.
At 4pm, officers at Makkasan Police Station were informed that an unnamed building collapsed onto construction workers on Kamphaeng Phet 7 Road, Huai Kwang district.
Police, officials from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and rescue workers from the Por Teck Thung Foundation rushed to the scene.
The third and fourth floors of the four-storey building collapsed onto the second floor.
Rescue workers searched through the rubble to find three trapped Burmese workers, one male and two female, who sustained fractures to the head and bodily wounds. Two more Burmese women fainted during the incident. All five were taken to Petcharavaj Hospital in Bangkok for treatment.
Small hotels recover in Thailand as foreigners move downmarket
As small hotels recover in Thailand, returning tourists are choosing different options from pre-pandemic staples.
A study of small hotels and hostels found booking growth is now higher than before the pandemic, with bookings from overseas tourists exceeding those of local travellers.
As small hotels recover in Thailand, bookings are up by a quarter from the pre-Covid levels
Data was gathered from operators of hotels and hostels below three stars in Thailand. Most have 20 rooms or fewer. Booking growth surpassed the global rate of 13.5%.
In March 2022, bookings from foreign and local tourists were equal. Today, bookings by overseas visitors dominate at almost 80%. Bookings from mainland China tourists are up 41% compared with two months ago.
Price of roses rise, but many express Valentine’s love online
Roses have been the traditional gift of love for Valentine’s Day for several centuries. But modern-day V-Day is bringing new trends in the way couples declare their love for one another, with social media platforms and applications offering creative and personalised digital options for expressing affection.
Video calls, for instance, have seen a surge as more couples opt for private declarations of love online. People create video love notes on TikTok and the LINE app allows users to create custom love stickers.
A study conducted by Christopher Newport University in Virginia showed that couples who share their love on Facebook – switching their status from “single” to “in a relationship” – have stronger relationships compared to those who do not. (Sorry everyone with secret lovers.)
However, despite the growing popularity of digital love declarations, rose growers in Thailand’s Tak province are seeing an increase in orders, causing prices for high-quality roses to rise to as high as 9 baht each.
Approximately 3,000 rose growers in the Phop Phra district restarting their operations. Half of these growers had stopped growing roses during the pandemic as prices dropped below their cost of production.
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