Tour guide claims con by Middle Eastern couple

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A Pattaya tour guide is calling on police and the public for help after he said he was conned out of 7,000 baht by a pair of Middle Eastern fast-change artists.

Winai Ploykamol posted a Facebook video and called the media May 17, saying he was victimized by a foreign couple with children at a convenience store on Pratamnak Soi 5.

Winai Ploykamol asked the shopkeeper to pull security camera footage and then he made a video online to help identify the grifters.

He said the pair, who appeared to hail from the Mideast, approached him at the store, saying they needed Thai baht to purchase vegetable oil to cook dinner for their kids.

Winai said he pulled some baht out of his wallet to explain the exchange rate, but the couple seemed confused and pulled out U.S. dollars and then grabbed some money from his wallet to compare.

The tour guide thought he sorted out the exchange without issue and the pair left. But when Winai got to the check stand, he realized he was missing 7,000 baht from his wallet.

The guide asked the shopkeeper to pull security camera footage and then he made a video online to help identify the grifters.