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Handicapped foreigner conned out of ten million baht by sweet talking Thai woman

 

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Thai media has reported on the case of a 49 year old handicapped Austrian man who thought he had found his soul mate in Thailand when he came on holiday and went to Chiang Mai.

 

Love blossomed as he continued the relationship online and marriage was in the air. Here was a great sweet talking woman with a job as a taxi driver.

 

They were the same age and she would care for him and help him cope with his disability.

 

He bought her a house, two expensive cars and financed a shop. 

 

Then a man who turned up who she said was her brother but was really her husband. 

 

Now she has disappeared and it has emerged that the house was never bought at all. 

 

Attempts to get some funds for an expensive operation have been troublesome as she siphoned off more money.

 

Police and lawyers have demanded cash and now the man is in a terrible situation staying at a home for old people in Hua Hin while he figures out his next move. He has offered a reward for anyone who can trace the love of his life who turned out to be a common fraudster. 

 

Sanook reporters went to see Mr G.P. in Hua Hin yesterday. Here is the full story that reads as the ultimate cautionary tale for foreigners coming to Thailand who end up in bad relationships with local women.

 

Two years ago he came on holiday to Thailand and despite a spinal injury that means he has limited mobility in the lower regions he went all over the kingdom before arriving in the north in Chiang Mai. 

 

There he met Amy, also 49, a taxi driver. They immediately hit it off. She was a smooth talker who chatted in a "sanuk" (fun) way. She took him under her wing and they travelled everywhere together and a relationship blossomed. 

 

Then he went back to Austria and they kept in touch via an application and the feelings grew stronger. 

 

He decided that as they were the same age and he felt better with her, this was the woman for him. He made the decision to move to Thailand and promised to improve Amy's life too because she had been so nice.

 

Then came the financial commitments. He bought her a 4.5 million baht house, a 2.9 million baht Mercedes Benz, a 1.1 million baht Honda HR-V, paid one million for decorations for the house and financed her dream of a shop selling silver.

 

They decided to marry - that would mean it would be easier for him to reside in Thailand.

 

Everything was a bed of roses at first - then her "elder brother" turned up. He was obliged to buy frequent expensive meals for them all that often cost 5,000 - 6,000 baht. Subsequently he discovered this was her ex-husband who was mixed up in a fraud case. 

 

She then left the house and he was obliged to hire other people for his care. These people reported everything he did; all his movements were reported back to Amy.

 

The penny had now dropped that he had been taken for a sucker. 

 

This was reinforced when he needed 800,000 baht for a vital operation on his back but she wanted to keep much of the proceeds from the sale of a car to pay for it. He said the money should have all been his. 

 

Then it emerged that the money supposedly paid for the house was not 4.5 million at all but just a 250,000 baht down payment. 

 

She kept the rest and the silver shop never existed at all. Now she has completely disappeared and he has discovered that she has changed her name FIVE times. 

 

He contacted the Chiang Mai police and a lawyer. They both needed paying to act on his behalf. 

 

Now he needs money for his treatment and operation and has decided to leave Chiang Mai and check into the retirement home in Hua Hin.

 

He said he'd be happy if he got back just some of his money and would not press charges if he got a settlement.

 

He is offering a reward for information as to the whereabouts of the Thai woman who has left his life in a mess.
 

Source: Sanook

 

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If you have a lot of money,never let them know,act as a

cheap Charlie,that's a sure way to sort the wheat from 

the chaff.

regards Worgeordie

 

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5 minutes ago, faraday said:

Two cars - <deleted>!

Only in Thailand could this happen...

but stories like this provide ongoing entertainment for the rest of us.

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14 minutes ago, worgeordie said:

If you have a lot of money,never let them know,act as a

cheap Charlie,that's a sure way to sort the wheat from 

the chaff.

regards Worgeordie

 

Agree and it's a good strategy.

 

When my Thai son started university his buddies quickly noticed he had a western family name. 

 

Didn't take long before one buddy started a conversation about 'borrowing' money. Son instantly responded with 'actually I'm hoping I can borrow xxxBaht from you can you give it to me today?''

 

The buddy backed off and walked away quickly  and the word spread quickly. nobody asked him again.

 

Son did the same with his Thai wife's siblings, soon after they married the requests to 'borrow' money started. His wife told my son 'don't give them anything.

 

The first time his brother in law started to ask, my son said 'sorry to interrupt you I don't have enough money to pay the monthly installment on my car, can you give me 5,000Baht?'

 

One of son's brother in laws did say 'your father is farang so he's rich, why doesn't he take care of you?'

 

Son said 'actually he also needs cash to pay for his car, can you help him?'

 

Nobody asked again.

 

Where did he learn to construct dialogue like this? Mostly from his Thai mother, a Dr. of medicine, educated for many years in Australia, back in LOS she had become well respected for her ability to get grants for hospitals and clinics in hill tribe areas. 

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While this crime victim has no doubt acted very foolishly, I am not ready to disrespect him. Scam artists can be remarkably skilled. We all have human weaknesses and some people are masters at exploiting them. I myself have been scammed a few times in my life and one of the times was over a potential love interest. Both were in the U.S. and the total damage for both was about 500 USD. Very minor compared to this case, but the experiences made me a less trusting person. It sounds like this man has been seriously damaged from this scam and I hope he can recover from it. 

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Amazing....

If this had been posted as a 'My story' thread by a just signed up 'new member' we would all have cried Troll !!

 

 

 

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Ah........love is blind for some, got to feel for another one who bites the dust.

 

When will "men" truly understand, love and ones finances should always be totally separate and should always be that way, why, because love can die, and money will always keep you alive.

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3 minutes ago, Bender Rodriguez said:

2020, is this for real or another made up story...

 

another fool and his money

 

oops, I lost my house to my ex... also 10M, I should shut the f.... 

I've often wondered how a fool and his money got together in the first place.

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1 hour ago, worgeordie said:

act as a cheap Charlie,that's a sure way to sort the wheat from 

the chaff.

I'm sure many on here wouldn't need to "act" for that

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Perhaps he lived in a very honest world before. When I started to travel to tourist destinations in developing countries I learned many lessons about scams. The good thing was that I learned mostly by watching and by listening to others. 

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25 minutes ago, 4MyEgo said:

Ah........love is blind for some, got to feel for another one who bites the dust.

 

When will "men" truly understand, love and ones finances should always be totally separate and should always be that way, why, because love can die, and money will always keep you alive.

Love maybe blind but it ain't LOVE in Thailand 

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35 minutes ago, Jingthing said:

While this crime victim has no doubt acted very foolishly, I am not ready to disrespect him. Scam artists can be remarkably skilled. We all have human weaknesses and some people are masters at exploiting them. I myself have been scammed a few times in my life and one of the times was over a potential love interest. Both were in the U.S. and the total damage for both was about 500 USD. Very minor compared to this case, but the experiences made me a less trusting person. It sounds like this man has been seriously damaged from this scam and I hope he can recover from it. 

Well said Sir!!! I can't imagine anyone being able to get one over on you, and I am sure you hunted the unfortunate individual to the ends of the Earth!

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6 minutes ago, geronimo said:

Well said Sir!!! I can't imagine anyone being able to get one over on you, and I am sure you hunted the unfortunate individual to the ends of the Earth!

Not at all. 

It's a very shameful feeling to be scammed like that. 

You blame yourself for not knowing better. 

I certainly didn't call the police and I'm sure only a fraction of such cases internationally are reported. 

That's one of the insidious aspects of this kind of crime. The criminals know that they probably won't even be reported because being a victim is so embarrassing. 

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3 minutes ago, Jingthing said:

Not at all. 

It's a very shameful feeling to be scammed like that. 

You blame yourself for not knowing better. 

I certainly didn't call the police and I'm sure only a fraction of such cases internationally are reported. 

That's one of the insidious aspects of this kind of crime. The criminals know that they probably won't even be reported because being a victim is so embarrassing. 

You may as well tell us HOW you got scammed 

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