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Beware of Jet Ski Mafia in Pattaya

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Beware of Jet Ski Mafia in Pattaya

Jet Ski Mafia in Pattaya................

Thu, June 06, 2013 02:29 PM

CHON BURI - Jet ski operators in Pattaya are accused of extorting US$1,400 from two Indian tourists after "strong waves caused parked jet skis to hit each other" in the latest of the ongoing beach mafia scams in the tourist centre.

"The men demanded $2,000 from us. We were afraid and all we had was$1,400, or about 42,000 baht," the tourist said, according to the police officer. The gang accepted the payment and left.

"We visited Thailand because it is a popular tourist destination and because Thai people are nice and friendly. We've never thought that we wouldexperience this," one of them said.

Pol Lt Col Prasit Mansri,investigative officer at Pattaya police station, said the Indian tourists filed a complaint with police. They wanted police to inspect the actual cause of damage to the jet skis and determine whether it is worth the money they paid to the operators.

"Police will take legal action against the jet ski operators immediately if they are found guilty because they are damaging the country's image," Pol Lt Col Prasit said.

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1. Re: Beware of Jet Ski Mafia in Pattaya

This isnt new and is listed under scams to be aware of in Phuket!

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2. Re: Beware of Jet Ski Mafia in Pattaya

Were asked for 2000 but only paid 1400

That's a 30% discount

I think they could have done better

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3. Re: Beware of Jet Ski Mafia in Pattaya

This is either the third or fourth Pattaya Jet Ski warning thread on TA. The largest thread has over 100 postings.

Just do not rent them. Seen with my own eyes last winter the carnage just opposite Mikes Shopping mall when sat on the beach there.

The message is not getting through in particular to the Russian and Indian tourists who appear to be the most frequent victims.

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4. Re: Beware of Jet Ski Mafia in Pattaya

Yeah this is not new and they do target and harass a section of people whom they find can easily give them money. Police should impose a strict law on them.

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5. Re: Beware of Jet Ski Mafia in Pattaya

It's not only Pattaya that there's problems with Jet ski owners it's all over Thailand, the best advice is not to rent them but also if someone does rent them never hand over money, call the police first.

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6. Re: Beware of Jet Ski Mafia in Pattaya

How many threads are needed on this ?

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7. Re: Beware of Jet Ski Mafia in Pattaya

Maybe this is the same group. Sounds like the cops put some pressure on the Jet Ski operators and they coughed up some money.

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8. Re: Beware of Jet Ski Mafia in Pattaya

As I said a million times do not pay them if you did not do the damage. They will give up when they realize they are wasting their time.

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9. Re: Beware of Jet Ski Mafia in Pattaya

Maybe hard not to pay, depending on the level of physical intimidation & threat of violence they are faced with.

Just don't hire jet ski's. Hopefully as more Indian & Russian tourists get robbed, the word will also spread in these countries as well.

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10. Re: Beware of Jet Ski Mafia in Pattaya

Never had much issue with jetski lads - normally target Indians, Middle Eastern or Russians.

However like I said DO NOT PAY OR GIVE IN. Then again I'm not intimidated by these lads and would stare them down all day. Only carry a few 1000bht on you enough for said jetski - no more no less. Can't get anything from you if you dont have the dosh.

As for this case - looks like Indians actually did do the damage, but of course its way out of line. If you do damage don't agree to anything until u are sure its what u want to pay because once you do its game/set/match for the jetski lads.

Edited: 1:15 pm, June 07, 2013