Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Australian media cites L.O.S. Thailand as Land of Jet-Ski Scams
Thai Visa News reports that Australian media has pointed its finger at Thailand less as the Land of Smiles and more as the Land of Scams. And public enemy number are jetski-operators. The claims come after Thai officials said it was a good idea to promote jet-skis as a sport. News.com Australia said Tuesday that Thailand was one of six countries listed by the Aussie Foreign and Trade Ministry as having a problem with fraud and scams Manager Online reported. The six are among the ten most visited places by Australian tourists abroad. Topping the list of problems in the kingdom was the familiar jet-ski scam where unsuspecting tourists are hassled for imaginary damage to jet-skis after rental. Also high up the list are credit card and ATM fraud and the purchase of overpriced gems and other fake goods. The Australian ministry was quoted as saying that they receive many complaints about jet-ski operators in Pattaya, Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Pangan.
Commentary: When it comes to renting jet-ski’s in Thailand just say “no”. It’s really not worth the potential hassle of getting ripped off for hundreds of dollars for fake damage to a jet-ski.