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Pattaya Daily News

29 October 2012 :: 15:10:49 pm 67990

Arrested Tour Agency Scammers Pass The Buck

A tour agency couple surrendered themselves to police for defrauding 70 victims of 20 million baht. They had collected payments for overseas tours that never took place. But the couple claimed they themselves were ripped off by a Pattaya company that never booked the tickets. The couple said they tried to refund the money, but not in time to avoid arrest.
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BANGKOK – October 28, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]: a press conference was held announcing the arrest of a couple who had surrendered themselves to the police on fraud charges. The announcement was made by Pol. Maj. Gen. Nipon Charernpol, the commander of Consumer Protection crime; and Pol. Col. Chamnandej Tangjui, squad 1 director of the Consumer Protection crime division.

The suspects were identified as Mr. Chao Lopetcharat, age 27, and his wife, Ms. Chanya Yupluk, age 28. They are charged with together defrauding people, and advertising untrue or exaggerated claims, under the code of consumer protection 2009.

The arrests are the result of a police investigation that began October 18, when more than 70 victims came to notify the detective police of the Consumer Protection department that they had been deceived by Global Asia Travelling Co. Ltd.

The company had sold the victims package tours to Japan and Korea, and advertised plane tickets at lower prices than other companies. But the customers were required to pay in advance, and had to transfer money to the tour company before the departure dates, which were to occur a month later.

Payments were collected from the victims for two separate tours, an October 22-26 tour to Korea, and another tour to Japan departing on October 17. However, shortly before the departure dates, the company called the customers to postpone the travel dates to the next month, claiming that they had problems with the airline agent.

But as they were waiting, some customers got suspicious and found information on the internet from many people who had been victimized by the company and warned that the tour agency was fraudulent. So the customers gathered together and came to the police as a group to file their complaint.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Nipon said that when police questioned the arrested couple, they denied any wrongdoing, and said they did not mean to defraud people.

The couple said they had been cheated of the ticket money by a Pattaya company. They had previously been booking tickets through the company for a year and there had been no problems. But this time the Pattaya company could not get the tickets because of some difficulty that the company did not disclose to the couple.

So the two suspects said they had notified the detective officers of Pattaya police station that they had been cheated. They also tried to return the money to the victims, but they could not do it in time, so it caused the problem of the victims’ complaints resulting in their arrests.

The police commander said there were a great number of victims who lost more than 20 million baht from the couple’s promised tours. So he arrested the couple and sent them to the detective police of squad 1, Consumer Protection department, to prosecute.

He added that if there are other victims in this case who have not yet come forward, they can call the hottine1135, of the police of the Consumer Protection department.

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