In an unfortunate series of events, a Turkish gentleman, Ruhan Topal, fell victim to a conniving trickster found hailing from the world of online dating. From the confines of the Mueang Pattaya Police Station, he recounted a tale of deceit, cunning, and significant financial loss. The heart of the incident took place at a hotel in Pattaya just last night on the 19th of November.
The night had begun with a seemingly innocent connection. A Thai woman, allegedly from Phuket province, had sparked a conversation with Ruhan through a popular dating application. Over a period of three engaging days, Ruhan found himself drawn into her web and decided to invite her to join him in Pattaya. They spent an eventful evening together, sipping on intoxicants at local nightclubs and soaking up the vibrant Pattaya nightlife. However, it’s always darkest just before dawn.
After their lively night out, Ruhan retired to his hotel room with his companion. Little did he know that his night was about to take a turn for the worse. Post the shower freshen-up ritual, he found himself alone, as his date had made a hasty exit. However, she hadn’t left unburdened; she made off with a grand total of US$2,100 in cash, equivalent to 74,000 baht, along with Ruhan’s fancy iPhone 14 pro, a prized possession valued at 35,000 baht. A significant dent in anyone’s pocket indeed.
Upon hearing the tale, the officers at the station decided to tap into the hotel’s security system in a bid to identify the elusive thief. Given the situation’s context, they strongly suspect that the woman is a local Pattaya resident, who, despite the stolen bounty, chose to remain in the area.
Unfortunately, this incident doesn’t stand alone. The online dating world, garbed often in roses and flirtatious messages, has a dark side to it. Currently, as two sides of the same coin, beauty and the beast coexist.
A fortnight ago, a similarly grim tale emerged online. A date set up via a dating app led to a grave crime. The victim, an American woman, found herself assaulted by Tienming Ho, who has remained elusive. The meet was supposed to be innocent, with express agreement on no sexual dalliances. However, lines were crossed against the woman’s consent, leaving her traumatized.
In the same vein, a Thai gentleman saw his date make off with his motorcycle after falling victim to a dating application fraud. Despite her not matching her profile picture, he gave her the benefit of the doubt, only to be left motorcycle-less and betrayed the next morning. These incidents serve as cautionary tales in the trend-filled, high-stakes world of digital dating.