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last night gave 100 baht and my bts passcard to top up as i have been doing for years. never asked for passport. what gives?

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I take it you don't have a Thai SIM then, or did you do the same as me (friend used her ID)?

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it is part of the tm30 scam. if you have left your province you will be flagged if you don't report. 

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6 hours ago, Crossy said:

A government (AMLO) directive happened (actually several year back, Rabbit et-al have been fighting it, and lost).

 

All "e-money" instruments have to be registered just like your mobile phone.

 

You shouldn't need the passport again, it's supposed to be a one-off task.

 

If you have a 7-eleven card you'll have the same issue.

 

Not really.

They didn't fight the directive, the directive was also not meant to apply to cash cards/gift cards and co.

There's no such directives applied for payments within banks at all.

It's imho either an over sensitive extremely cautious interpretation they use or they just use it as a reason to justify why they do it, 

i suspect they want the user data for analytics, advertisment and co. and that's the real reason.

 

They could just sell BTS only cards and not have to deal with this stuff like MRT does if they wanted to.

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9 hours ago, NCC1701A said:

there are reports of farang being asked for passport in Tesco Lotus when buying groceries.

No, there are not.

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16 hours ago, kellersphuket said:

Cash is the way to go.

 

I ain't scanning my passport for any commercial outfit,

You never know whose hands those photocopies could end up in!

Never been asked to give a passport until one time. Just told them I don't have it on me and don't have a photocopy on me. She then topped up my card and said next time I need to show passport. Next time went to the exact same station to top up and was never asked again.

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i have heard you can top up the cards at mcdonalds, no passport. is this true? have not tried it yet. 

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2 hours ago, meand said:

i have heard you can top up the cards at mcdonalds, no passport. is this true? have not tried it yet. 

 

Probably.

 

Eventually all the reload terminals will be able to interrogate the registration database and that avenue will close.

 

Also there will be a time (as yet not determined) when all unregistered cards will be blacklisted and will stop working until they are registered.

 

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23 hours ago, kellersphuket said:

Cash is the way to go.

 

I ain't scanning my passport for any commercial outfit,

You never know whose hands those photocopies could end up in!

They neither scan nor photocopy it. 

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