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Tourist Surveys in Bangkok

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1. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

I was approached in the street yesterday by 2 lovely ladies, working for Tourist Information, or something similar. They asked me to do a survey, how long are you in Bangkok/Thailand, age, country of origin etc etc. Walked away, thought nothing of it. Lying in my bed this morning i received a phone call telling me my name had been picked out of a hat and i had won a 1500 dollar holiday that was valid for 1 year. Details appeared sketchy, and i had just woken up so didn't really take too much of it in, just kept thinking THIS IS A SCAM. Anyone else ever done these surveys in Bangkok and received similar calls, or have i just passed up on a free holiday???

2. Posted by wtanaka (Budding Member 44 posts) 11y

That's a lot of money in Thailand, isn't it? The survey might have been to troll for people that don't just think "NO NO NO" when someone approaches them with a weird request. It doesn't sound like you gave them that much valuable information on the survey that that they could give out $1500 prizes. Of course the only way to find out for sure is to try and follow up with them (being very very careful the whole time), but I don't see how it could be for real.

3. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

good luck - still you have an airfare to pay.

4. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

I havent been surveyed in Thailand but there is a lot of that going on here in Florida because of the vacation packages, time shares, vacation villas and things of that sort.

Usually they tell you that you have won something so you need to stop by and check out the vacation property. Once there, they lure you to buy a time share, for which of course, you will be pounded on to buy, you will waste about 4-5 hrs of your time and then you will get a "prize" (like tickets to Disney World, a free breakfast at the property or reduced hotel prices somewhere).

Most people do fall for it and buy the time shares. I have a friend that sells them, she is one of their top sales people in South Florida and she earns close to $200,000 a year!!! Now, you have to have that sales person skill that I personally lack...I couldnt sell you a $10 bill for $1...

5. Posted by cdntrvl (Full Member 50 posts) 11y

If it sounds too good to be true - it probably is. It does sound more original then the traditional tuk-tuk buddha day jewelry store scam.

6. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

Quoting cdntrvl

If it sounds too good to be true - it probably is. It does sound more original then the traditional tuk-tuk buddha day jewelry store scam.

Not forgetting a stop at the Suit makers for the gas up

7. Posted by allthai (Full Member 88 posts) 11y

You shouldn't do anything until you checked with the Tourist Police and Tourism Authority of Thailand. If nothing else you should contact them and give them the details so if it is a scam they can bust it.

8. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

For some reason when the Tuk tuk took us to the TAT office, I felt like it was a scam...is it possible to get ripped off by the TAT office?

9. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

I forgot to add...even though it is a TAT agency, they seem to be privately owned...