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Hundreds of travellers in Bangkok tricked in Japan travel scam

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BANGKOK: More than 2,000 people were left stranded at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport over the span of Tuesday (Apr 11) and Wednesday after falling victim to a scam.They had bought

a trip plan for a week-long journey to Japan for in between 9,700 baht (US$ 281) and 20,000 baht but were not provided any itinerary or tickets for the trip.The company which had actually sold the plans, WealthEver, markets food supplements and is not registered with Thailand's Office of Customer Security Board (OCPB) as a tour company.The travelers who were deceived had actually come to the airport to find no WealthEver representatives to direct them. The airport was currently crowded with individuals leaving the nation during the Songkran holiday. Cathay Pacific, which WealthEver stated would fly the passengers to Osaka from Bangkok, was not familiar with the 6 chartered flights as declared in the leaflets.Thai authorities handling the situation

prepare for that more scammed passengers would arrive at the airport on Thursday. According to the Bangkok Post, authorities detained the mastermind behind the fraud in Ranong province on Wednesday afternoon. Pasist Arinchayalapis, likewise understood as Shogun, was imagined in authorities custody.Executive for the OCPB, Colonel Prateep Charoenka, said WealthEver may have dedicated fraud and pledged to examine. While it has not declared itself a direct-selling business, it had convinced people to join its online marketing network, he said.Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has actually bought the federal government companies concerned to offer help and look into the case. He informed reporters on Wednesday that the case will be resolved through the country's legal processes.

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