Reference your report in the current edition of Pattaya
Mail of ATM scams. You can add another tourist victim to your list.
Having drawn some cash at my bankers, UOB at Second Road,
I discovered that my whole holiday savings of 77,000 baht had been written
off, leaving me without any money.
On enquiring at the bank, and they showing me security
ATM video footage, my passbook showed that indeed the whole of my account
had been scammed.
I was not aware that the man behind me, a farang, who had
changed his position, must have seen my PIN number despite my usual
I was further disillusioned having discovered that he
could have accessed any ATM without my Visa card, which rarely left my hotel
Now, of course, these ATM scams happen all over the
world, so my grief is not with beautiful Thailand and its mostly wonderful
Having spent three months’ stay in Pattaya for each of
the past 11 years, and visiting Thailand for over 20 years, I will never
again be coming to Thailand, or at least to the now crime ridden Pattaya. A
‘family resort’? I will be advising any family I know to avoid this place at
all cost for their safety.