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A photograph posted online that is said to be Jirattithika Wattayawong

Agency 'Ripped Off Families on Facebook'

Friday, April 19, 2013
PHUKET: Swedish and Dutch families fear they have lost thousands of baht in buying flights to Phuket through Facebook, a meeting heard yesterday.

''About 20'' others have also paid for flights that were never booked, the gathering was told.

Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkaosutthirak said that the deceit appeared to be an internet scam, in the Thai language. ''This kind of rip-off threatens to destroy Phuket's reputation,'' he said.

The Director of the Damrungtam provincial complaints office, Praphan Khanprasang, said that efforts to contact the woman and the company who sold the tickets for flights from Stockholm to Phuket had failed.

He named the agent as Jirattithika Wattayawong and the travel firm, Central Point Travel and Property Agency.

It's believed that at one point, the agency had outlets in bangkok and on Phuket. Calls to the Phuket telephone number were not being answered today.

The meeting was told yesterday that Watchari Wongkhuntod, 46, complained that she and her Dutch husband had paid 43,600 baht into an account for flights while Nichaya Promkasikoon had paid 83,000 baht for flights for her Swedish family.

Both had eventually paid for legitimate flights and sought to get their money back once they arrived on Phuket, Khun Praphan said.

Khun Praphan told the meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall in Phuket City that letters to the company had been returned unopened.

The matter had yet to be passed to Phuket police.

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Looks to me like the Soi Bangla ladyboy pickpockets have joined the online scam game.

Posted by Treelover on April 19, 2013 10:15

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Anyone who would transfer 1000 baht, let alone 83000, to someone's bank account on the other side of the world, instead of booking air tickets the smart and safe way using e.g. www.skyscanner.net to find legitimate agent/airline sites with the lowest prices, deserves to be taught a lesson! Likewise, anyone who in this day and age still walks into a travel agency instead of seeking the best price online deserves to pay double, and often does.

Posted by Anonymous on April 19, 2013 12:37

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I love that her eyes have been blocked out but her name is right under the picture. Guess thats just in case the picture is not her? I am assuming?

Posted by Jay Leshark on April 19, 2013 13:48

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Anonymous you should get some knowledge before you start saying people deserve to be taught a lesson. For many years this woman provided legitimate (and cheap) travel agent services, recently she has been ripping off even people who have known her (professorially) for years. The Airlines have known about this since at least Christmas what is their culpability in all this.

Posted by Jack Devereux on April 20, 2013 09:17


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