One variant of the scam may date back to the 18th or 19th centuries, as a very similar letter, entitled "The Letter from Jerusalem", is seen in the memoirs of Eugène François Vidocq, a former French criminal and private investigator. One of these, sent via postal mail, was addressed to a woman's husband, and inquired about his health.Another variant of the scam, dating back to circa 1830, appears very similar to what is passed via email today: "Sir, you will doubtlessly be astonished to be receiving a letter from a person unknown to you, who is about to ask a favour from you...", and goes on to talk of a casket containing 16,000 francs in gold and the diamonds of a late marchioness. It then asked what to do with profits from a .6 million investment, and ended with a telephone number.
Think carefully before going to Thai police with any complaint.
This scam happens when tourists go to police and claim they were attacked and robbed.
They can get the reply that police have checked CCTV and no such incident has taken place -- so you must be taking part in a holiday insurance scam... The keys go in the cell door and the hapless victim will soon be begging for mercy.
In cases reporter the foreigner will be asked to sign a statement saying he will go to court and everything will be settled with a 500 baht fine (ten quid) and having spent time in custody the victim will be more than willing.
At the court in the cases mentioned foreigners will not actually be brought before a judge.