On Thursday afternoon a 21 year old Thai man reported being scammed out of 32,000 Baht by an American he met on a Gay Website.
The scam was reported initially to the Transnational Crime Suppression Unit at Pattaya Police Station who confirmed the American scammer was already wanted by Thai Police on similar offences.
Khun Jartalin, who works at a Coffee Shop in South Pattaya, told Police that on 10th May he met Mr. Richard Edward aged 32 from America, on a Gay website. The pair spoke on a daily basis about him coming to Thailand to invest in a Gay Bar.
On 3rd June at 11am Khun Jartalin received a call from Mr. Edward who claimed he had arrived in Thailand but was being held at Phuket International Airport as he had been found to be carrying 300,000 US Dollars without declaring the large amount of money to customs. He claimed that he was fined 75,000 Baht and was able to pay 50,000 Baht of the fine but needed Khun Jartalin to send the remaining 25,000 Baht so he could be released.
To appear as if the arrest was real, the phone was handed to a Thai woman who claimed to be an Immigration Police Officer who confirmed the arrest of Mr. Edward. She also asked for an additional 7,000 Baht to be transferred to her Bank account to clear the case and secure a quick release of Mr. Edward.
Source: Pattaya One