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Russians conned in 720,000 baht Phuket villa booking scam

PHOTO: Facebook/Phuket Tourist Police ตำรวจท่องเที่ยวภูเก็ต

A Russian couple is hundreds of thousands of baht out of pocket after falling for a villa rental booking scam in Phuket.

The Phuket News reports that the couple made a pre-payment of 720,000 baht for a villa booking, only to arrive in Phuket and find that no such booking existed.

It’s understood the couple is being assisted by the Phuket Tourist Police after they filed a complaint at Cherngtalay Police Station.

PHOTO: Facebook/Phuket Tourist Police ตำรวจท่องเที่ยวภูเก็ต

The couple says they made the payment online ahead of their arrival, only to find nobody had booked any villa for them.

The authorities have not named the couple or the villa they thought they had booked. The couple is now working with a lawyer to begin legal action, according to the Phuket Tourist Police.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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