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She gave me one of those Thai smiles that could mean anything at all and then concentrated on her correspondence.I was beginning to wonder if Thailand had its merits after all and couldnt help stealing repeated glances at her.
She almost certainly worked in a bar as a hostess for Western guys looking for Eastern romance and now that their holidays were over, her "boyfriends" were back home at work, dreaming of the month or two theyd spent in Thai heaven.Several Australian citizens have been defrauded by bogus internet friendship, dating and marriage schemes purportedly operating mainly from Russia.These large-scale, well-organised scams typically result from connections made through internet dating schemes or chat rooms.Once a virtual relationship develops, the Australian citizen is asked by their friend or prospective marriage partner to send money to enable travel to Australia.Once the money has been received, the relationship is usually terminated and any chance of recovering the funds is highly unlikely.Theyd be coming back as soon as they could afford it — if their "girlfriend" didnt drain their bank accounts dry in the meantime.
Thailand, like Brazil or the Philippines, is full of Western guys trying their luck with women half their age.
With terrible dress sense that betrays the serious lack of a womans touch, it can be pitiful to watch them trying to mend their hearts under flashing neon signs, sharing a common vocabulary of maybe 500 words with the women they meet. Along with worrying about balding, beer guts and prostate cancer, many American men suffer the flip side of the national individualistic character — they end up feeling quite alone.
The scammers often make use of what appear to be Australian Government email addresses to send fraudulent emails to the Australian party, informing them that the friend or prospective marriage partner has been granted a visa to visit Australia to further the relationship.
The message may include fake details of a non-existent visa.
The Australian Government has notified the Government of Russia about its concern over this matter BUT there is little the Australian Government can do to assist citizens who fall victim to the individuals and agencies behind these schemes.
I was in an internet caf in Thailand last year, trying to work out which continent I should fly to next, when my attention was entirely absorbed by an attractive Thai girl who sat down next to me and logged in.