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BANGKOK 23 March 2019 22:23
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Big Joke: Busts another visa agent using fake stamps - practice on the rise

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1 hour ago, LazySlipper said:

Would these fake documents actually get someone through a border crossing?

I know that if checked in a database surely not, but still... could someone  do a 90 day with these bogus documents?

 

Again... database. So logically, why would anyone bother to buy these documents.

Nothing happens here without complicity and tactic approval from the Police. Immigration are Police. 

 

Back 20-25 years ago it was normal to use these kinds of services. Hardly any ex-pats went out the country to get visas. It was much cheaper and easier to use an agent and all types of visas were available, and affordable. All apparently legit and acceptable until there was a 'clampdown' around 2006-7? They nabbed a couple of unwashed farang at Poipet and everyone got the message. The practice was pretty much wiped out and went underground. 

 

I'd love to give a little history lesson on this site in particular but unfortunately forum rules prevent it. A little digging on Google will reveal much more. 

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25 minutes ago, Father Fintan Stack said:

Nothing happens here without complicity and tactic approval from the Police. Immigration are Police. 

 

Back 20-25 years ago it was normal to use these kinds of services. Hardly any ex-pats went out the country to get visas. It was much cheaper and easier to use an agent and all types of visas were available, and affordable. All apparently legit and acceptable until there was a 'clampdown' around 2006-7? They nabbed a couple of unwashed farang at Poipet and everyone got the message. The practice was pretty much wiped out and went underground. 

 

I'd love to give a little history lesson on this site in particular but unfortunately forum rules prevent it. A little digging on Google will reveal much more. 

2003 was the year many got caught after the Bali bomber ( Ham-balii ) spelling?, was nabbed in Thailand with a 'hooky' stamp from a border crossing ( not Poipet ). Many spent time in IDC when they were caught with stamps from the same crossing.

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1 minute ago, overherebc said:

2003 was the year many got caught after the Bali bomber ( Ham-balii ) spelling?, was nabbed in Thailand with a 'hooky' stamp from a border crossing ( not Poipet ). Many spent time in IDC when they were caught with stamps from the same crossing.

Yeh that was the trigger for the 'clampdown.' I was way out with the dates though. The usual it is ok until it got exposed. Typical for Thailand.

 

I remember 'The Wall' pub on Silom was the place to go. Few beers, shoot some pool and order your visa. Back a week or so later and it was all done and dusted. Sign the book when you collected your passport... 

 

Loads of places doing it back then including another office on Suk Soi 23 but we can't talk about that one here LOL.

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18 hours ago, Chang_paarp said:

The practice is not on the rise, they are just working out that it is happening.

 

In the past the person with the stamps were often immigration officials, for a fee they made everything right, it reached up to the top of various offices.

 

The mafia does not like competition.

He's messing with the Brown Envelopes...

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5 hours ago, Father Fintan Stack said:

including another office on Suk Soi 23 but we can't talk about that one here LOL.

Why not ? Its history and you don't live here anymore ? 

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18 hours ago, hyku1147 said:

He's messing with the Brown Envelopes...

certainly not!

 

what do last week's fake visa arrest and this week's fake visa arrest have in common?

 

they were issuing fake visas, cutting out the immigration special fee income.

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As long as they leave the agents who get REAL visa stamps alone, I'll be content.

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52 minutes ago, quandow said:

As long as they leave the agents who get REAL visa stamps alone, I'll be content.

All the visa stamps are real.

 

It's all done in collusion with Immigration Police.

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Following last week's arrests of a pair who had been working out of Laksi for ten years

 

That's hitting pretty close to home, considering Immigration's empire at the Chaengwattana Govt. Complex in Laksi...

 

10 years huh?  And no one at the real Immigration ever noticed anything might be amiss with all the fake/forged stamps.... Unless of course, they were in on it the entire time.....

 

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On 2/22/2019 at 7:30 AM, ChipButty said:

I remember some years ago some guys got arrested in Ranong while doing a visa run for having fake stamps in their passports by some dodgy visa agent in Phuket

Around 2004, a lot of farangs used a "Visa Agent" in the Sukhumvit area who would take their passports for a few days, claiming to have taken them to Poipet to be officially stamped. Turned out the stamps were phony and more than a few guys found their passports confiscated at immigration.  Big headaches for all concerned.

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