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Norwegian Falls For ATM Scam In Phuket

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I doubt someone could take out 200,000 baht in a day...or even several days.

My ATM card has been stopped numerous time in LOS. If I try and withdraw a large amount I get a call from my bank...annoying at times but necessary "anti-fraud" measures.

Are they seriously telling me his bank allowed ATM withdrawals of over £4k in a foreign country in a day? :blink:

RAZZ

Kasikorn Bank allows up to 200k limit per day at the ATM in 20K increments if you request it. I used it during my house building process but than racheted back down to reality afterwards.

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Why not set a maximum limit on your card that can be deducted in one day so that someone doing this kind of thing can't run your card for 200,000 baht if they do get hold of it?

I was thinking the same thing. The maximum I can get per 24 hour period is either 25,000 Baht or less, depending on the bank's ATM. I wonder if he did call the bank right away or waited a week or more... Another tourist that will tell his friend's how wonderful the Land of Smiles is...

My UK bank only permits 300 UK pounds withdrawal per day (anywhere, UK included). Nowadays that's less than 15,000 baht. If I had tried several times to get more the card would be suspended or even cancelled. Last year the card was suspended as I had made withdrawals on several consecutive days (I was buying a house in Kanchanaburi with ATM cash!) and the bank thought this was suspicious. I had to phone the UK to get the card reinstated.

It begs the question about the effectiveness of this Norwegian bank. Of maybe there's something not quite right in this story. People have been known to fraudulently report a card missing when they've used it themselves. Not that I'd ever accuse anyone of such behaviour.

Edited by galoubet

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How could these people be so idiotic? Don't they read newspapers?

Be real!! He's on holiday, people automatically go into "holiday mode" when they travel for a vacation. Do YOU read local newspapers when you're on holiday?

Yes! I do read the paper, however anyone traveling overseas should be smart enough not to get caught in a scam like this!

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A sucker is born every minute.

This is an interesting original post. It shows the readers up for what ( not who) they are. I can imagine the stuffy old gits eeking out their old age pensions living on one beer chang per week or going without to save money. keeping money in a shoe and not tipping anywhere.

I lost a card once. It was a problem but more of a learning curve. Now I keep back up cards etc. I didn't want sympathy or patronising advice. I am still daft and have gone from bad to worse, kidnapped, mugged, left cards in ATMs, left the cash in an ATM once!

Saying the guy can afford it because he is Norwegian is idiotic. Maybe the 200,000 was the last bit left after divorce,losing job and paying for a flight to Thailand..maybe he was so pissed he didnt know what he was doing. maybe he is rich and doesnt care and is enjoying the 'told you so' postings.....

For me, Ive got the Tshirt and I'm not a sucker just a bit muddled!

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Once again a contradictory report.

Did he wait a week before reporting the matter - or did he return to his hotel and call the bank.

Surely somebody should check what information goes out. makes the authorities and Thailand look so stupid!

He waited for more than one week before reporting the case to the authorities. While he was informing his bank after returning to his hotel.

Authority stands here for Police and Bank stands for Bank. Not so stupid after all. But one needs to be not too stupid to read.

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Yes in Thailand you can take cash from ATM maximum is only 25000 Baht.

Not correct, you can withdraw 200.000 baht pr card pr day, and make transfers in addition

Getting help in an ATM from someone wearing sunglasses and caps, no thanks, anywhere in the world. Push CANCELL please:rolleyes:

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True

You can ask banc before you go holliday how much you can take in 1 week or day. I will never take more than 50.000bth a week.

Big Spender-eh!

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Maybe he should have left his ATM card back at home with his brain.

It's called a learning curve or a 200,000 baht diploma, we are never to old to learn, I'm sure many of us paid much more in one way or another to learn the what and what not's, to do, or as you say, many of us leave our brains at home, one should never through stones if one lives in a glass house, condo or barn, of course being only as good as our last performance, he does kind-a-have egg on his face.

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well, I can't get any more than 15,000 out in one day from my Uk bank cards. Even with my Thai bank cards I can't get 200,000 out in one day. This doesn't make too much sense.

All you need to do is call the "Call Center" shown on your card, answer a few questions and you can get the limit increased. All of my Thai accounts have 200,000 daily limit.

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Exactly right.

I walked into my local mom and pop mninmart last weekend and noticed a European holiday type at the ATM.

When I walked out he entered the minimart sort of mumbling preoccupied with something, as I walked by the ATM it was beeping, card still in there open for a transaction. Grumpyoldman honest to a fault, cancelled, grabbed the card, as the man came out handed it to him. He was thankful and said that was very honest of me, I just sort of raised my arms "ahhhhhh hel_l, no big deal".

Vacation mode for sure, he was just not thinking.

Grumpyoldman highlights a problem with Thai ATMs. They dont eject your card until the very end of the transaction, so it is very easy, when preoccupied with putting your money into your wallet, to walk away and forget your card. Especially if you r not feeling 100% for any reason. In the UK, this cannot happen as ATMs, give u your card back, and u must take it, before u get your cash.

We should lobby the banks to modify future Thai ATMs. Anyone know email address for Thai wanke_rs, sorry bankers, Association?

Well done for the honesty GOM -sets a good example.

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Everybody is right about how much you can take out per time. My dutch atm card 500 euro per day. My credit card how much your credit is but atm only 25000 per time but with passport in bank how much your credit is per day.

The only thing i see on the photo that the man who stole the card doesn't look thai. He looks like a middle east man.

I am sorry for the man but I think he gets tehe money back if he called his bank at once.

The story is not well writen i have to agree

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Grumpyoldman highlights a problem with Thai ATMs. They dont eject your card until the very end of the transaction, so it is very easy, when preoccupied with putting your money into your wallet, to walk away and forget your card. Especially if you r not feeling 100% for any reason. In the UK, this cannot happen as ATMs, give u your card back, and u must take it, before u get your cash.

We should lobby the banks to modify future Thai ATMs. Anyone know email address for Thai wanke_rs, sorry bankers, Association?

Well done for the honesty GOM -sets a good example.

ATM's in the USA are the same as here, when you are finished with your transactions, they ask you if you want a printout. You push; yes or no, then the card comes out. They are probably even made by Diebold in both countries. Never seen an ATM that was any different, in NZ, Australia, US or Thailand. I guess it's just Europe that gives your card back before you are finished using the ATM...

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