A luxury hotel established in beautiful places a Khao Yai National Park Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand, became the target of a hotel scam that left more than 40 people stranded. Fraudsters set up a scheme by creating a fake account for the prestigious MYS Khao Yai Hotel, tricking unsuspecting guests into booking with the impostor instead of the real hotel.
One such victim, Chantana Mander, shared her experience with Channel 3, describing how she booked the MYS Khao Yai hotel through Facebook. Trusting the fake website, he transferred 14,100 baht as payment to a person named Baiela. However, when he arrived at the hotel, his name was nowhere to be found, leaving him disappointed and confused.
In order to prove that he had paid, Chantana showed his money transfer receipt to the hotel staff, but found that the bank account had no connection with the hotel. After realizing the scam, the hotel staff took him to the Moo Sri Police Station to file a complaint. Shockingly, another family, who was also duped by the same hotel scam, came to the police to do the same.
The unfortunate family, from Nakhon Sawan province in northern Thailand, had gone to Nakhon Ratchasima for a holiday. Thinking of extending their time, they searched for accommodation online and unknowingly came across a fake MYS Khao Yai Facebook page. What made matters worse was that the fake page appeared higher in the search results than the real one. The fraudsters invested in Facebook ads and promoted posts, gaining more followers and actions to create a credible image. The family, like Chantana, transferred their salary, but this time to another person named Anake.
The investigators investigated the complex web of fraud, and revealed the bank account owners. One was from Saba Yoi district in southern Songkhla province, while the other lived in Chon Daen district in western Phetchabun province. Authorities are working hard to determine whether these people were part of a fraud gang or people who simply sold their bank accounts to the perpetrators.
Police issued a strong warning to both locals and travelers, urging them to be careful when booking accommodation, as MYS Khao Yai is not the only place that has been victimized by this scam. Other hotels were also victims of this fraudulent scheme. In response to the crisis, MYS Khao Yai Yai’s official Facebook page issued an announcement, warning their guests of the ongoing scam and advising them to be careful when booking.
As the investigation continues, the victims hope that justice will be done and that such fraudulent activities will be stopped, ensuring that future travelers can enjoy their holidays without the risk of falling into the veins of fraud.
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