Swedish Tourist 'Scammed' Of 100,000 Baht

(16 October) A Swedish tourist has alleged that a Thai woman has stolen his wallet and withdrawn 100,000 baht from his bank accounts.

Mr. Issa Barsoma, 60, told Udonthani Tourism police that his pocket was stolen by a Thai woman called Thidarat.

According to Mr.Barsoma, he and Ms. Thidarat met in Sweden when she travelled there as a tourist. Mr. Barsoma said Ms. Thidarat had promised to take him sightseeing if he ever visited Thailand.

When Mr. Barsoma arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport yesterday, he said, Ms. Thidarat had met him there and brought him straight to Udonthani province. They went to Central shopping mall in the town center for shopping and dining, the tourist added.


Mr. Barsoma told police Ms. Thidarat took his wallet when he was unaware and disappeared. He said he had tried to reach her phones, but it was turned off.

Tracing the information on Mr. Barsoma’s cards, it appeared that THB 60,000 cash was taken off from the victim’s account at an ATM next to a KFC restaurant in UDTown Market and a further 40,000 baht had also been withdrawn.

Mr. Barsoma said Ms. Thidarat might have memorised the password when he was withdrawing cash earlier in the day.

Police investigation suggested that the suspect had been seen going out with many foreigners prior to the incident.


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