Thai zig zag scam

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The Thai Zig zag scam is a confidence trick where one is falsely accused of shoplifting, and then held by police, or those claiming to be police, until "bail" is paid for the alleged theft. At times those fleeced are shown faked closed-circuit television footage as corroboration. In several cases in Thailand, this confidence trick has occurred at the airport, and thus is sometimes called the "Thai airport scam". Most reports of this scam are dated.[1]


According to the BBC, police in Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport have participated in a series of these scams, robbing tourists of thousands of dollars each time.[2] An English couple was charged with stealing a wallet.[2] The Thai embassy in Singapore published a rebuttal to the BBC article, stating that all legal proceedings in the case of the English were conducted " accordance with the law."[3] An Irish woman was charged with stealing eye-liner.[2] An Australian man was charged with stealing a doughnut.[4]

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  1. ^ "Duty free shop 'theft' scam a case of recycled news". The Nation. Asia News Network. 2017-08-28. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Head, Jonathan (20 July 2009). "Tourists warned of Thailand airport scam". BBC News. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Facts about the alleged Thailand airport scam". Royal Thai Embassy Singapore. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  4. ^ " school teacher Sean Kearney accused of stealing doughnut in Thailand". Archived from the original on 2009-05-25. Retrieved 2009-08-06.