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"Sweet talking farang ripped me off to the tune of 1.2 million baht", says Thai woman



Picture: Naew Na


A 47 year old Thai woman has gone to the Thai tech police with a story about how she transferred more than 1.2 million baht in eight transfers to a person she now believes to be a western Romance Scammer. 


Patty - a former sales lady from Bang Khun Thian near Bangkok - got sucked in after a man calling himself "Christian Mark" introduced himself out of the blue on Facebook in July.


The sweet talking foreigner continued to woo Patty on Messenger and Whatsapp. 


She said that she was cautious having heard about Romance Scams but this was different. 


Soon "Christian" - who she believed was an American - said he had to go to Malaysia to sort out a multi million dollar inheritance he had got from his father who was involved in government contracts to build roads in that nation. His father died in 2015, he said. 


Patty continued to be skeptical but suggested that the pair could meet in Thailand for dinner when all the business in Malaysia was settled. You bet, said Christian eagerly. 


Then came news of a problem that Christian had supposedly encountered in Malaysia with the government. he did not have enough money to pay certain taxes. 


Could she possibly pay for him so that he could get his inheritance in full. He could pay her back in person at that upcoming dinner date in Thailand, he suggested. 


Patty was still not sure but further communications - including seeing a check for 21 million Ringgit (millions of US dollars) - convinced her that it was not a scam. 


On eight occasions over the last two months she transferred money of varying amounts to Thai banks and Lloyds. 


She parted with 1,272,000 baht before she was asked for yet more money. The penny dropped and she went to the technology crime suppression police realizing she had been scammed. 


Patty warned her compatriots to watch out for scammers and ask people's advice before parting with money. She didn't want other Thai women to end up like her. 


Naew Na said in their headline that she had been conned by a "farang Romance Scam".


Thaivisa cautions that scams such as these have been known to have been conducted by Nigerians posing as westerners in league with Thai nationals. 


The list of victims is very long and many cases have been solved by the Thai police or have ongoing investigations.


Source: Naew Na


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Typology of Victims

There has been some speculation about the typology of fraud victims. Much of the work has focused on personal fraud, in general. For example, Titus and Gover10 believe that victims of fraud are more likely to be cooperative, greedy, gullible/uncritical, careless, susceptible to flattery, easily intimidated, risk takers, generous, hold respect for authority, and are good citizens. Fischer et al.11 found in their survey research that scam victims or near scam victims were more affected by the high values offered in scams and displayed a high degree of trust in the scammers. They also found some support for the notion that some kind of enduring personality trait might increase susceptibility to persuasion. Similarly, a susceptibility to persuasion scale has been developed with the intention to predict likelihood of becoming scammed.12,13 This scale includes the following items: premeditation, consistency, sensation seeking, self-control, social influence, similarity, risk preferences, attitudes toward advertising, need for cognition, and uniqueness. The current work, therefore, suggests some merit in considering personal dispositions might predict likelihood of becoming scammed.

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