Khamis, 26 November 2009

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These 3 cases of "scams" should open our eyes and be very alert when travelling around Asia

Subject: Duped by credit card scam upon check in at Hotel

You arrive at your hotel and check in at the front desk. When checking
in, you give the front desk your credit card (for all the charges for
your room). You get to your room and settle in. Someone calls the front
desk and asked for (example) Room 620 (which happens to be your room).

Your phone rings in your room. You answer and the person on the other end
says the following, ' This is the front desk. When checking in, we came
across a problem with your charge card information. Please re-read me
your credit card number and verify the last 3 digits numbers at the
reverse side of your charge card. '

Not thinking anything you might give this person your information, since
the call seems to come from the front desk. ! But actu ally, it is a scam of
someone calling from outside the hotel/front desk.. They ask for a random
room number. Then, ask you for credit card information and address
information. Sounding so professional that you do think you are talking to the front desk.

If you ever encounter this problem on your vacation, tell the caller that
you will be down at the front desk to clear up any problems. Then, go to
the front desk and ask if there was a problem. If there
was none, inform the manager of the hotel that someone called to scam you
of your credit card information acting like a front desk employee.

If you feel that the tips are useful, please forward it to your relatives, friends & colleague.

Subject: Bangkok International Airport

Folks, be warned and be really careful, check the items you bought and
give back what does not belong to you even when the shop assistants
claimed it's 'free'. I believe the duty free shop assistants would also
get a share....... so, be very, very careful. Read below

My Dept. secretary informed on this. Her cousin was detained in Bangkok
for stealing a box of cigarettes in a duty-free shop in Bangkok International Airport.

He had paid for chocolates and a carton of cigarettes. The cashier put a
packet of smokes into his bag and he thought it was a free pack.

He was arrested for shop-lifting and the Thai Police extortion price was
RM30,000 for his release. He spent two nights in jail and paid RM50 for
an air-con cell, 200-300 baht for each visitor, and RM11,000 for his final release.

The Police shared the money in front of his eyes. On top of that, he was
charged in court and fined RM2,000 by the magistrate and handcuffed and escorted to his plane.

His passport was stamped "Thief". While there, his relatives requested
help from the Malaysian Embassy and was told that they are helpless, as
Malaysians are victimised similarly daily and letters and phone-calls to the Thai Authorities are ignored.

He shared a cell with a Singaporean the 1st night who paid RM60,000 for his release.

The 2nd night was an Indian national who paid USD70,000.

Mind you this is not in a shag downtown Bangkok but in a duty free shop in Bangkok 's Int'l Airport .

Share this experience with all your friends!

Subject: Driving to JB

If you get RM10.00 in your car door handle, use tissue paper or cloth to
remove it without opening it and if possible bag it. Drive away immediately.

Don't check the note until you are in the company of your friends or
relatives. The note could either contain powdered drugs to knock you out
or make you wonder if some guilty motorist compensating you for a knock
or scratch on your car, while you are still wondering, the robber(s) will attack you as you check the car...

This had happened in Johor. Pl! ease cir culate to your friends and warn them!

Sumber: Sahabat TIKedah

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