Pattaya Daily News

18 June 2010 :: 12:06:43 pm 25795

Scam Victims Compensated by Pattaya Tourism Fund

Victims of the recent Lee Tours airfare scam have been granted Bt2,000 each in compensation from the Pattaya Tourism Fund by the Pattaya Mayor on Thursday.
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Pattaya the 17th of June 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: The 10 victims that have come forth as being scammed by the Lee Tours Travel Agency in Naklua were yesterday granted Bt2,000 in compensation paid by the Pattaya Tourism Fund. The group had paid for an estimated Bt300,000 in airfares to the unscrupulous business, whose owner has since fled the area with over Bt3 million in scammed monies.

Police investigators believe that Mrs. Sutheera Yaempheng had fled with the money due to unpaid debts which she had incurred in the process of operating her travel agency for the past 15 years. Many of the reported 54 victims of the scam had been regular customers of the agency and/or friends of Mrs. Yaempheng for many years.

Allegedly the scam involved taking payment for airfares to a variety of European countries before printing out a fake ticket confirmation certificate to present to the customer. Upon arriving at the airport, without confirming the tickets, the victims were informed by airline staff that their airfares did not exist and had probably never been booked. Mrs. Yaempheng had already fled the area prior to the date of the first scam airfares, the 13th of June 2010.

In more positive news, the Banglamung Police have reportedly been in contact with the Lee Tours Travel Agency management who have arranged a meeting with the victims at Pattaya City Hall on Friday where they are expected to discuss compensation arrangements.

Note: Anyone booking an airfare is advised to contact the carrier personally to verify the conformation of payment for their ticket. Whether you have been using the travel agent or internet booking service for many years or for the first time there is always an opportunity for errors and/or scams to occur. Maintain the same vigilance in booking/paying for an airfare that you would in keeping your passport or visa up-to-date.

Reporter : Yanwarrut   Photo : Yanwarrut   Category : Crime News

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