Tourism police have arrested a gang running fake Facebook pages advertising pool villas in the Pattaya area. These fake pages fooled both Thai and foreign tourists who wanted to book accommodation.
The victims were made to believe that they had successfully booked, but when they arrived at the accommodation they were unable to check in. This scam led to considerable financial losses for many people.
A suspect, Nat, against whom the court issued an arrest warrant in Roi Et province in northeastern Thailand has fled to Surat Thani province in the south to hide. After his arrest, police widened the investigation and found that the members of this gang were involved in several fraud cases in Pattaya, Bang Lamung and Nong Ped.
The Tourist Police ask anyone who has suffered financial losses as a result of the actions of this group to contact the local police station in the area where the incident occurred or the Tourist Police in the region to take legal action against the suspects.
In addition, both Thai and foreign tourists are advised to check accommodation details and exercise caution when making payments to avoid falling victim to such fraudulent activities.
If they have any suspicions, tourists can contact the Tourist Police via the emergency hotline 1155 or the “Police Tourist i lert u” application.