She explained that she became suspicious only when her online romantic contact sent two photographs of himself, one revealing a black body and the other a pale white one.
Why women in particular fall prey to online schemers is not totally clear.
I also know many well-educated, professional Thai women active on these sites.
It’s not just those looking for a relationship that can benefit from Thai dating sites, either.
But one thing is for sure, you should be as cautious about the online dating process in Thailand as you would in your own country.
You should make sure you’re well informed before you start out, not just about the types of women you’re likely to come across, but also the size of membership, cost and service of each site. I’ve met many western guys who met their partner on Thai dating sites, and highly recommend this avenue over nightclubs, bars and introductions, which often turn into a nightmare.
Don’t underestimate that risk, there are gold-diggers out there just waiting for a decent man to come along who can be exploited for all that he is worth.
It’s common sense, but worth reminding yourself all the same, before you get carried away with the thousands of potential partners you’re about to be viewing. Engage with the person you're interested in over a good month or two before arranging a meet.
This gives you time to be confident that they are who they say they are. Never send money to someone you have never met, no matter the excuse they give.
If they were poor, the scammers would ask their gullible contacts to pay the customs duty on a suitcase full of jewels which had been impounded at an airport.
Another victim, who asked not to be identified as she felt very foolish, said she had been conned out of 100,000 baht by a scammer who said he was a British oil rig worker who had broken his leg whilst saving the life of a dolphin and had short-term cash-flow problems.