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Scam leaves tourist without money and overstaying

A visa extension agency in Pattaya has reportedly swindled hundreds of victims, resulting in some foreigners overstaying in Thailand. The victims, including foreign nationals, filed a complaint with the Pattaya City Police, stating that they had given their passports to the accused for visa extensions, but their passports were not returned. This led to legal issues and forced repatriation for some tourists.

The affected tourists had paid around 32,000 baht each for the service. Investigations have revealed more than 100 victims from various countries, impacting Thailand’s tourism image. The police are gathering evidence against the fraudulent agency, and legal proceedings are ongoing.

Additionally, the Royal Thai Police recently uncovered a large-scale visa scam involving 110 corrupt immigration officers. The officers were allegedly offering illegal visas, particularly to Chinese investors. Further details about the operation were revealed in a press conference held by the Deputy Commander of the Royal Thai Police.

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