BANGKOK – October 25, 2012 [PDN]; a report of a fraudulent tour company bilking victims was received at the command unit of subduing fraud and consumer protection, by commander Pol. Maj. Gen. Niphon Charoenphol.
Some of the 70 people who lost money came to notify the police investigation officer about the tour company. The victims had bought package tours to Japan and South Korea, but the trips never took place as scheduled. The victims were unable to get refunds of their prepayments.
One of the victims, Mrs. Phakawal Phokaew, Assistant Director of Wat Nimmanoradee school in area of Bang Kae, said that her friend used to travel with this tour company. Later her friend also formed a business partnership to invest with this company. The company had arranged a package tour for her to visit Korea for 5 days and 3 nights for 13,900 THB.
Because the price was so cheap and she trusted her friend, Mrs. Phakawal also persuaded 25 more people to travel together on the tour. They were divided in two separate groups to pay for the October 19-23 tour. Mrs. Phakawal’s group paid 180,000 THB to the company, and the other group paid the sales agent 190,000 THB total.
But the tour did not take place. The tour company then explained that a problem with PC Airlines had forced the tour cancellation. However, if the customers want to cancel their bookings, their money would be refunded within 15 days. But Mrs. Phakawal’s group didn’t want refunds. They wanted to travel as agreed, and they had already paid for the package tour. But since October 18, her group could not contact the tour company.
Another woman victim said that her friend introduced the tour company to her. When she saw that the tour price is so cheap, she persuaded her four friends to buy the 6-day package tour to Japan for only 25,900 THB. Her group paid a total of 130,000 THB. As part of the package deal, the tour company promised to process all the required travel documents. However, as the departure date neared, the victim and her friends still had not received their travel visas.
The woman suspected that she was being cheated, so she started to look for information about the company from government departments, but she didn’t find the name of this company in the government’s system. However, she found a web page on the Internet with many posts by victims who had been cheated by this tour company.
After receiving the testimony, the police commander ordered the investigation officer to get information about all of the victims and gather all related evidence. If the police find that this tour company really cheated the customers, the company will be prosecuted according to the law.