Three Vietnamese tourists in Bangkok have reported to local police that they were tricked by a man who stole US$1,400 from them on Monday night.
One of the tourists, Trinh Thi Hue, said they were asking the man for direction, only to fall into his trap.
“I told him that I’m from Vietnam ..., and he asked me to show him a Vietnamese banknote,” Hue said at a police station in Bangkok. The man claimed he came from Dubai.
Another woman in her group showed him some banknotes from her handbag, which also contained dollar notes.
He kept pointing at one note after another, asking questions about its value. When they were distracted, he quickly grabbed a handful of dollar notes worth $1,400 in total from the bag and ran away.
“He even showed us his bag with a lot of banknotes inside, possibly to win our trust,” Hue was quoted by news website VnExpress as saying.
Police are investigating further, using footages from surveillance cameras.