Foreigner scams vendors with fake money

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Jirdej Nomnoey, shows an image of the fake banknote on his phone.
Jirdej Nomnoey, shows an image of the fake banknote on his phone.

Police are investigating reports that a foreigner used counterfeit money to rip off several North Pattaya sellers.

Jirdej Nomnoey, who operates a phone-accessory kiosk in the Tesco-Lotus mall, called authorities Sept. 14 after discovering that the 1,000-baht note he received for a small purchase from a foreign man Sept. 14 was bogus.

He said three other phone shops and a popcorn stand suffered similar fates.

None of the vendors was able to provide police with a description of the supposed foreigner, claiming the fraudster was clever and approached them during busy times.

Police are reviewing security cameras to try to obtain a photo of the suspect.

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