A man from Turkey sought help from the Mueang Pattaya Police Station after a Thai woman he connected with on a dating app allegedly stole nearly 100,000 baht from him. Ruhan Topal, aged 50, reported that the incident took place at a Pattaya hotel on the evening of November 19. He had been conversing with a woman claiming to be from Phuket on the dating platform. After three days of communication, he invited her to meet him in Pattaya.
Man robbed by Thai woman
Topal recounted that he and the woman spent time together in the city, visiting various nightclubs before returning to his hotel room. He took a moment to shower, and upon his return, he discovered that the woman had vanished. She didn’t leave without taking something with her; she allegedly made off with US$2,100 (equivalent to 74,000 baht) and his iPhone 14 Pro, which is valued at 35,000 baht.
The police officers are planning to review the hotel’s security footage to identify the alleged thief. They suspect she might be a local resident of Pattaya who stayed in the vicinity following the theft.
This incident reflects the potential risks associated with online dating. In another case two weeks prior, an American woman in Bangkok reported being sexually assaulted by a man she met on a dating app, Tienming Ho. She had agreed to meet him at her apartment with the understanding that they would not engage in sexual intercourse, but she claims he assaulted her despite her objections.
In a similar vein, another Thai man recently became the victim of an online dating scam, losing his motorcycle to a woman he had met through a dating application. He noted that she did not resemble her profile picture, but he decided to give her a chance. The next morning, he found that she had disappeared with his motorcycle.