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Adive if you think you've been scammed?

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Adive if you think you've been scammed?

Hi I am currently in bangkok and was fooled into buying a tour package which the women said was TAT official? After getting back to hotel and looking this up we relished we have been scammed! Does anyone know how to get your money back and cancel? Or just any advice on the situation! We're just worried that something might be dodgie?

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1. Re: Adive if you think you've been scammed?

scammed... TAT doesnt sell tours. :D

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2. Re: Adive if you think you've been scammed?

Right now you seem to be just suffering from buyer's remorse, since apparently the tour has not happened, yet. Typically you cannot get refunds for tours, since the tour operators also need some protection against vacillating tourists.

If the tour happens and includes the promised items, you have not been scammed. It may very well be that you could have bought a similar tour for much less money by shopping around, but you certainly know that this is the case with most products and services. Admittedly selling the tour as an 'official TAT tour' is a bad sign, since such tours do not exist.

It is quite likely that you will be taken to locations where you are encouraged to buy stuff, but you can keep saying "no, thank you. No money with me, etc.". This does happen with legitimate tours, too, since the operators like to fatten their profit margins by getting kickbacks from the shop owners.

If the tour does not happen at all, it definitely was a scam and you could report it to Tourist Police (toll free phone 1155). Presumably you did not buy the tour from a random stranger on the street but from a travel shop, so the police will have a place to visit. If the tour just does not deliver what was promised and nothing is in writing, the situation is trickier since things can be explained away as misunderstandings due to language difficulties.

Reading the FAQ on scams is always a good idea even before coming to Thailand.

Edited: 13 September 2013, 03:44
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3. Re: Adive if you think you've been scammed?

In theory, what is likely to have happened is that you've been sold an overpriced tour and inclusions. Eg you 'may' have paid more for your accommodation and tours than if you had booked it all yourself.

Even then, that is not a scam in and of itself. However it's a scam if you do not receive what was promised in the package and what is stated in your itinerary.

Let us know how it goes.


Edited: 13 September 2013, 04:06
4. Re: Adive if you think you've been scammed?

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