23 Mar 2015
Hello, my wife and I recently got scammed by Nakorn Sawan Tailor trading as Dusit Collection.
We took a Tuk Tuk to the Grand Palace where we were approached by a man who claimed that he was a government worker employed to protect tourists. He told us that the Grand Palace was open but as it was a Buddhist holiday, he recommended that we come back after 12pm (lunch time).
He then asked if we had a map so that he could point out a few local temples that we could visit while we were in the area. We didn’t have a map so he kindly provided us with one and circled a few temples. Then he told us that we should hire a government Tuk Tuk which we could identify by their yellow number plates and that we should only have to pay about fifty baht fare for two hours.
He asked us if we had heard about a special sale on television last night as, this week only, Thai export quality cashmere was available for purchase by the public. He circled a place on the map and said that he would tell the driver to take us there too.
So we went to the temples one by one and at one of the temples we started talking to a Buddhist monk who seemed like a nice gentleman who told us that he was a banker and that he was here on his day off (it being the 8th day of the week and he, being Buddhist, would spend his time at the temple).
He told us that just yesterday he had bought four suits as the cashmere was only available for purchase this week. We then went to the tailors, ordered two winter coats on the promise of an international deliver which never came. Our bank said that as we had no evidence of a non-delivery agreement, we could not get a refund of our purchase.
So as a heads up, if you buy anything from Thailand on the promise of a delivery. Get a written non-delivery agreement(!) and pay with Visa.