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On April 3, a Nonthaburi couple left their home to go to Suvarnabhumi airport to catch a flight to India. Everything seemed normal when they entered an orange taxi outside their home, but as they drove along Ratchapruek Road, the cab slowed to a stop, apparently out of petrol.
The driver turned around in his seat and told them that he was disabled and needed them to push the car to the side of the road for him. The husband left the cab first, followed by his wife.
Thai authorities have arrested the leader of a Thai mafia gang and charged with him with extortion based solely on the evidence of a British television documentary.
Police today were holding a Thai known locally a JJ Naiman after he was seen on a British television programme succeeding in extorting over £1000 from a British Royal Marine who had rented a jet-ski on the holiday island of Phuket.
They will be asked to sign some paperwork in Thai - and Bob's your uncle they have signed their own prison sentence.
Think carefully before going to Thai police with any complaint.
The province's governor Wichai Praisa-nob also stepped into the row today and called a meeting of police, jet-ski operators, Marine Police, and local government officials to discuss what action would be taken. He said he was considering banning jet skis from the island.
The British documentary Big Trouble in Tourist Thailand , which went to air on Monday on the Bravo Channel, showed Royal Marines, who arrived in Phuket on HMS Bulwark, after a tour of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, being held at gun point in a local boat yard run by local mafia.
At the court in the cases mentioned foreigners will not actually be brought before a judge.Update: Like Putty in the Scammers' Hands 24th August 2012.See article from The way Pattaya jet ski scammers get away with extortion is that they use water-soluble putty over damage, spray paint, then take a before picture with a customer.Drink spiking in bars can be a problem and sometimes people wake up to find they have been robbed.There are a lot of people who get drugged here, said Wal Brown, an Australia volunteer with the Thai police who patrols the thronging streets of Patong on the island of Phuket.
Travel insurance against loss of valuables can be a double edged sword in Thailand.