THOSE JET SKI SCAMMERS AGAIN.
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 jet ski operators.
The claims come after Thai officials said it was a good idea to promote jet-skis as a sport.
Thailand is one of six countries listed by the Aussie Foreign and Trade Ministry as having a problem with fraud and scams.
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 news outlet said that this kind of con was very dangerous as victims would come face to face with gangs. Many people had been threatened with physical violence.
The ministry recommends that people renting take a picture of the jet-ski beforehand to help with any possible trouble.
Last week Thailand's own ministry for tourism and sports suggested that the upcoming Jet-ski World Cup in Pattaya was a great way to highlight the attractions of the resort.