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Police Arrest 21 People Over Long-Running BKK Gem Scam

Police say they have raided several jewelry stores and arrested 21 people in connection with a notorious tourist scam in Bangkok.

gem scammers arrested in ThailandAccording to Pol.Lt.Gen. Thitirat Nonghanpitak, commander of the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB), police officers with search warrants raided three gem stores in Dusit district earlier this week and confiscated their financial documents for investigation.

The long-running hoax involves tuk-tuk drivers telling foreign tourists that famous attractions, such the Grand Palace, are “closed,” and then offering the tourists discounted rides around the city.

Those who fall for the con are then ferried to jewelry stores where they are sold poor-quality gemstones at exuberant prices.

“When the tourists try to refund the goods, their requests are denied,” said Pol.Lt.Gen. Thitrat

Full Story Here – Khaosod English

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