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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (16 January 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (16 January 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– Facebook messenger scam WARNING
Businesses and individuals in Thailand are being barraged with what appear to be genuine messages from Facebook to users claiming that their accounts are violating terms and conditions and are about to be closed.  The messages contain a link to click.  This is a scam.  The messages in both Thai and English come from anonymous users and or a fake profile  ‘ONLINE technology service’. Users are warned NOT to open the link which is assumed as a method of hijacking accounts.  FB does not use anonymous user names to carry out audits or complaints.

– 25,000 land title deeds issued over 57 provinces
The first of 25 thousand title deeds were handed to landowners this week in an area covering 57 provinces following the program which allows landowners to swap the unofficial documentation, once confirmed by their local authorities, to legitimate title deeds, chanotes.  The change? Well, it affords the land owners the right to pledge their land in lieu of legitimate bank loans and to pass them on to whomever they chose upon demise.  To date much if not most of the Thai farming countryside has been without proper deeds, which also meant that at any time of sale, a mortgage was impossible.

– Officials sued for lost 2 billion baht deposit on rubber gloves order
The former boss of the public warehouse organization, along with 6 deputies, is being sued, according to Thai media BY their employer for the return of 2 billion baht which, according to them, was paid out as a deposit on rubber gloves, ordered during the pandemic and never received.  With personal assets now in many cases seized, they all deny any crime.

– 4,800 Thai government agencies fail to protect personal data 
The Office of the Personal Data Protection Commission reports that in the past 3 months over 4,800 government offices failed to provide adequate protection for records held.  That in itself means that personal and business records could have easily been stolen and sold on the so-called dark web.  In the same period, 23 facebook accounts were closed at the request of the authorities after they were found to be selling stolen data online.  That data?  Well, it’s all too often used in scams and fake sales operation.

– Man arrested for slaying of Pattaya taxi driver 
One of a gang thought to have seized and killed a private hire taxi driver to the east of Pattaya at the weekend has been arrested  in Phitsanulok after he was tracked there.  Nongprue police reported that the remains of the driver were found partially incinerated in a stack of rubber tires after being stabbed.  The arrested man claims they had a dispute after he couldn’t afford the fare, leading to the driver being stabbed. 2 local women, said to be involved, are also being held for questioning.

– Silly phone thief nabbed for theft of 5,000 baht phone from tourist
A stupid phone thief, without an eye for quality, stole the mobile phone of a Turkish tourist yesterday as the man wandered with it in his hand.  Quickly caught, the 13 yr old thief was nabbed by a plain clothes police officer working on the Jomtien seafront area.  The phone?  Well, it’s just 5K new, so has a second hand value of under 1000 baht.  That was returned to its owner and the lad was being held until police contacted his parents.

– Man arrested for bulk sales of pre-owned registered SIM-cards
As part of a clamp down on boiler rooms targeting Thai nationals, undercover officers this week arrested a 41 yr old Thai man selling sim cards.  Asking price.. just 40 baht each, but with the catch that the minimum order was 1000 of them.  Seems all were so called PRE-OWNED so registered for use and would have been a scammers delight.   He was nabbed after he offered them for sale to plain clothed police.. and its likely his bosses will be caught too, as he has been making a full statement.

– Park officials battle over 52 forest fires in Sri Racha 
Park officials in Sri Ratcha continue to battle forest fires that are believed to have been started by poachers who use them to drive wildlife from their habitat. Thai media reports that 52 different fires are burning and police DO have a list of suspects.

– Dangerous Pattaya pedestrian crossing signs raised to ‘safe’ levels 
Those pedestrian crossing signs that we reported on last week as being set so low that they were causing injuries to pedestrians using footpaths?  Well good news for the tall, as city hall sent labourers out yesterday to raise them to a decent height.  Overlooking the fact that many are NOT short, they had initially been set so low that numerous people were cut and bruised NOW, at least.. the signs are safe.. and it’s hoped that with roads clearly marked and the traffic lights working.. the crossings will be safe too.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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