Hundreds of scammed travellers stranded at airport in Bangkok

Scammed travellers who thought they snagged a good deal on a Japan trip were left stranded at the Suvarnabhumi Airport on April 11, 2017.
Scammed travellers who thought they snagged a good deal on a Japan trip were left stranded at the Suvarnabhumi Airport on April 11, 2017.PHOTO: THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Hundreds of Thai passengers who thought they had snapped up a bargain tour to Japan were stranded at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on Tuesday (April 11) night.

The employees of a company that promised them a trip to Japan during the Songkran Festival did not show up.

The company has also taken down its Facebook page.

Police said nearly 300 people have made complaints at Suvarnabhumi Airport's police station.

Complainants said they paid fees, ranging from 15,000 to 20,000 baht ($600 to $800), to a purported travel agent, Wealth Ever, for a trip to Japan between April 13 and 15.

One victim who bought 10 tour packages had paid the company 88,200 baht, The Bangkok Post reported.

The airport was already crowded with Thais going out of the country during the Songkran holiday, and police had to help with crowd control.

Some people left after filing police reports but there were others who stayed behind as they lacked transport to return home during the Songkran break.

Police were told that there would be a lot more scammed travellers.

About 2,000 said to have bought packages with the firm are coming to the airport on Wednesday.