Employment background screening in Thailand

August 23, 2021 - Reading time: 5 minutes

Employment background screening in Thailand

Employment background screening is very common in Thailand and it’s easy to understand why that is. Pre-hire background checks are vital in order to protect the reputation and well being of your business. We offer a range of different services which can be used to check the background of your prospective employees. Depending on the nature of the subject’s role in your company, and your own preferences, employee screening can range from basic police criminal records checks to full pre-hire background checks, and anything in-between. 

In order for us to confirm the subject's identity and perform checks, we suggest that our clients retain a copy of the subjects' identity documents, specifically copies of their Thai national ID cards, though other forms of identification will usually suffice.

Deciding to screen your Thai employees with pre-hire checks can be vital in protecting the integrity of your business and in many cases can prove to be a very wise decision. If you are interested in running a background check on your employees then please get in touch with us for a free, no pressure quote.

Criminal background check

Criminal record checks

Criminal record checks are typically a good foundation for running a full background check or screening a potential employment candidate. Vetting candidates in this way can help to minimize your exposure to risk of financial loss or reputational damage to your company. We can perform criminal record screening for due diligence purposes or employment background screening; checking criminal records is also useful in cases where our client has entered into a romance with a Thai person. Criminal records checks can provide peace of mind that your partner has a clean history. Our clients understandably enjoy a similar satisfaction with the knowledge that employees working in trusted positions are not entering their workplace from a criminal background.

Pre-hire background checks

For clients that wish to conduct more thorough checks on their Thai employees, we recommend that a criminal records check is performed on your potential employee along with checks on the candidate's claimed education/employment history. We can also add reference checks, which can help to gain an understanding about the candidate’s conduct at their previous places of employment. Our Thai staff members are able to speak directly with past employers or education institutes with the goal of verifying a person’s credentials and gathering information on your behalf.

Our fees for reference checks typically depends on the amount of inquiries being made and whether we are being instructed to perform reference checks as part of a broader range of checks… As such, we prefer that our clients contact us for quotes on an individual basis. In some cases, physically visiting a place of employment or education might be desired; our fee for this type of site visit would depend on the location we are asked to visit. Please feel free to get in touch with one of our experienced team members for more information and a free quote. 

Other checks can be stacked onto a criminal records/employment check (or reference checks) depending on the needs and requirements of our client in each case. We can add, for example, an identity check or a household check as part of pre-employment screening with the goal of learning more about a specific individual.

Social media checks used as part of pre-hire screening are becoming increasingly common in Thailand and  is a service we predict will continue to grow long into the future.

Employment records in Thailand

If you need to check someone’s work history in Thailand then examining employment records can be a worthwhile endeavour, for a whole host of different reasons. Understanding a person’s employment history can, in some cases, allow our team to make further inquiries with those establishments. In other cases, our clients might choose to make inquiries with any past employers themselves. However, please note that we will not make this type of additional inquiry as part of our employment check service – additional fees would apply and depend on the circumstances in each case.  

We aim to help our clients wherever possible and support them throughout every step of the process, being on hand to answer any questions that they might have. We aim to offer the fastest turnaround times possible on all checks, as well as boasting a fast and knowledgeable support team.

Thailand's leading background screening company

Our agency aims to position itself as a leading background screening company in Thailand. We are able to access official records in order to screen candidates or employees and check a number of different factors. We also offer pre-marital background checks which are more suitable for checking your Thai partner or fiancé. 

Please feel free to visit our homepage for more information about us or contact us with your requirements and we will be happy to help.

Thai dating scams and romance scams

April 19, 2021 - Reading time: 12 minutes

Data which has been published by the United States Federal Trade Commission reveals that consumers reported losing a massive $201 million to romance scams in 2019, which was almost a 40% increase since 2018. We see internet dating scams as a growing problem around the world, and as a leading detective agency we often deal with the fallout of Thai dating/romance scams, with many clients seeking to trace the person (or people) that have defrauded them.

When it comes to Thai dating scams or romance scams in general, we believe that prevention is always better than cure. Performing checks early on in a relationship is a better course of action than trying to locate the perpetrator of a dating scam after the damage has been done. We certainly encourage anyone that holds suspicions about their partner to verify their claims and check that they are who they claim to be.

Different types of Thai dating scams

Thai dating scams can take many different forms; however, we tend to see certain tactics being used more often than others. Here are some of the most common Thai dating scams.

1. The fake identity scam

Fake identity scams are often practiced by fraudsters around the world. Put simply, the fraudster will steal the identity of another person, and using their photos, will convince their victims that they are speaking to a Thai woman. The fraudster might not be female themselves, or even based in Thailand.

Thai woman

You might think that you could never be fooled by a romance scam where the scammer is using a fake identity; however, it's important to remember that many professional fraudsters are very good at their jobs, and can make scams using false identities appear very convincing. Thousands of people annually fall victim to romance scams which involve stolen identities.

In order to avoid this type of scam, never send money to someone that you have not met in real life. If you decide that you must send money to someone you have never met, let us check their story before you do so. We have protected many, many clients from this type of scam in the past, don't allow yourself to become a victim.

2. The multiple boyfriends scam

This is the classic "Thai girlfriend scam" which is commonly known around the world. Put simply, some Thai ladies aim to find several foreign boyfriends. Some of these men will send money on a regular basis, some guys will only send cash when the lady needs extra money. Some boyfriends will not send any money; however, they will visit Thailand and pay for lavish vacations for the lady to enjoy, and buy gifts for their girlfriend while they are in the country.

Lying signs

By having multiple boyfriends, attractive Thai ladies are able to earn themselves huge amounts of money, and it's easy to understand why some women are drawn to this type of scam.

3. The fake university student scam

What is the fake university student scam? Well, many ladies that work in the Thai sex industry will use online dating in order to find potential boyfriends and victims for romance scams. These ladies will not disclose their true occupation to their partners, and some will claim to be university students, while they in fact work in the Thai red-light areas.

Other ladies will claim to hold legitimate jobs at retail stores, restaurants, or companies, whilst they actually in the sex industry. 

In order for the fake university student scam to work, the lady will typically visit a local university and take many different photos there. If the lady is falsely claiming to be employed somewhere, she will typically take a lot of photos in that workplace in order to make the scam appear convincing. Borrowing work uniform from friends in order to make the photos appear convincing is another common tactic used for the scam. 

4. The "HELP I'M IN JAIL" scam

You are dating a Thai lady and one day she claims that she has been arrested, usually for an obscure crime. The lady will send you photos of her sitting inside a jail cell or police station, she might make a panicked phone call telling you that she has been arrested. Next thing you know, you are wiring wads of cash to one of her family members to pay her bail and secure her release from jail.

Asian lady behind bars in jail

This scam is a lot more common than you might think, and something which we deal with often. If a person claims to be locked up in Thailand, we can check to see if this is the case and often gather details on the situation. Typically though, we discover that the lady is not being held by the police, and that she has simply fabricated a story in order to demand cash from her boyfriend.

5. The ladyboy scam

Some men will claim that they can easily spot any ladyboy (or transgendered person), however, many ladyboys are very difficult to spot from women that were born female. Hormone therapy and cosmetic surgery can make some ladyboys virtually indistinguishable from regular females.

And with male to female genital surgery more popular than ever, many ladyboys have lost any reminder that they were born male. Believe it or not, some guys will struggle to notice the difference between a post-operative ladyboy and a lady that was born female.

We can help to verify the gender of your Thai girlfriend as part of our background check service.

6. The hospital emergency scam

You're dating a Thai lady through the internet, perhaps you've not met her in person yet (or perhaps you have), and one day she sends you photos from inside a hospital… She claims to be sick, through illness or an accident, and you guessed it, she needs help with her medical bills.

Hospital beds

The lady will usually take photos of herself in a hospital bed (or a clinic which looks similar a hospital) in order to make the scam as convincing as possible. This scam is often successful, with many concerned guys wiring money to their girlfriends as soon as possible.

How to protect yourself from Thai dating scams

It's important to understand that Thai dating scams are usually perpetrated by professional fraudsters. People that earn a living through romance or dating scams typically do so over a number of years. They learn how to convince you with their lies, and how to extract the most amount of money from each victim.

Thai lady video calling

Due to the sophistication of many scammers, discovering that you are being lied to is often extremely difficult or impossible in some cases. With that said, we have put together the following tips which might protect you from Thai dating scams.

1. Never send money to someone that you have not met in person

Scammers are excellent at creating situations where they are desperate for money – they may actually be desperate for money. However, sending money to someone that you have never met in real life is never a good idea. Before wiring money, why not jump on a plane and meet them face to face? This will give you a chance to get to know the person, verify their identity, and see how they actually behave in real life.

2. Don't share private information

Romance scammers will typically use information from social media websites, or information which has been sent to them, to better understand their victims, for identity theft, and even to use their victims' identity in further scams. 

By understanding more about their victim's personal lives, romance scammers are able to better understand how to manipulate them and commit acts of fraud. Private information is intended to be just that – private. Keep a tight grip on information that you are sharing through the internet and consider which details you decide to share.

3. Use video calling

If you are dating someone from Thailand, try to use video calling as much as possible. Ask yourself: Does this person match their photos? Do they sound the same during both audio and video calls? Do they speak in the same way that they write messages to you? As her to turnaround and show her surroundings, where is she? 

Some romance scammers can playback pre-recorded footage during video calls, so pay close attention during the calls. Mention subjects which you have previously discussed through text chat, does she remember your past conversations? Is this the same person that you have been speaking with via text?

4. Arrange to physically meet the person

If you are internet dating a lady from Thailand (or even a ladyboy or a man), then physically meeting that person in real life should be a priority for you. This will not only allow you to verify that they truly exist, but also to get to know them and understand if you are a true match.

Speaking with someone over the internet, and physically living with them 24/7, are two different things altogether, and we would suggest meeting them in real life as soon as possible if you are serious about the relationship.

If you are not able to meet them in person, or would like further assurances before you decide to take that step, then we would certainly recommend hiring a professional to run checks.

5. Hire a professional to run checks

If you are dealing with a professional fraudster, then it will often take a professional detective that is experienced in romance scam investigations to help get to the bottom of a situation or confirm that a person is legitimate.

Due to the prevalence of Thai romance scams, it often makes sense to protect your interests by hiring a private investigator to verify claims that have been made by your partner. We can help to investigate Thai girlfriend scams, saving you time, money, and heartache.

Thailand background checks

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How we can help to prevent Thai dating scams

We offer a number of different services which can be used to detect dating scams, including:

  • Identity check (name, photo, age, gender)
  • Lifestyle checks (surveillance) 
  • Address check
  • Criminal record & arrest warrants check
  • Dating websites check
  • Employment check
  • Marriage/divorce history check
  • Children check
  • Social media check
  • Decoy service check
  • Education checks

Don't allow yourself to fall victim to a Thai dating scam. If you require the help from an experienced private investigator, then contact one of our experienced team members for a free, no pressure quote. Please include as much information as possible with your inquiry so that we are able to understand your requirements and how we are able to help.

Signs that your Thai girlfriend is cheating on you

April 15, 2021 - Reading time: 10 minutes

If you are being cheated on, then discovering that this is the case can prove to be very difficult in many cases, and even more so if you are not living in the same country as your partner. If your partner is running a Thai girlfriend scam then the odds of catching her out will be even lower, as professional romance scammers are excellent at concealing their true activities.

However, there are some small signs which you can look for that might indicate your partner is being unfaithful. We have put together the following signs that your Thai girlfriend is cheating on you.

1. Her social media accounts are filled with foreign guys

If your Thai girlfriend's social media accounts are filled with foreign guys, this is a strong indication that she might be cheating on you. If her photos are receiving many likes and comments from other men, this shows that other guys are interested in her and perhaps have more involvement with her than you might think.

A normal Thai lady will typically not have many foreign men as friends on her social media accounts – if your Thai girlfriend does, then you should question why that is. Is she meeting with a lot of foreign men at work? Did you meet her through online dating and if so, is she still using online dating to find more guys?

2. She has more than one Facebook account

In order for the Thai girlfriend scam to work, ladies will often create multiple different Facebook accounts. This allows them to have one account for close family members, and other accounts for foreign boyfriends. Ladies that are well versed in the Thai girlfriend scam will often use separate Facebook accounts for each boyfriend; doing this allows each boyfriend to be listed as "in a relationship" with her, and prevents them from seeing comments left by each other. 

Of course, if your Thai girlfriend does have multiple accounts, then you might not know this is the case, as the lady will aim to keep them hidden from you. A common trick for ladies with multiple Facebook accounts is to block her boyfriend on all her other hidden accounts which are used for other boyfriends. Blocking the man's account means that all of her secret profiles will remain hidden to him.

3. She doesn't answer the phone when you call

If your girlfriend doesn't answer the phone when you call her, this could be an indication that she is around another man and doesn't want him to hear your conversation with her. If she immediately sends you a message after you have tried to call her, or calls you back for a very brief conversation, these could also act as warning signs that your Thai girlfriend is cheating on you.

Ladies that are spending time with other guys have been known to make phone calls from the balcony or bathroom of their lover's hotel room. Other times they might make an excuse to visit the nearest convenience store and make a call to their overseas boyfriend at the same time.

4. She is always out drinking

Drinking is accepted in Thai culture, but in moderation. If your girlfriend is out drinking with friends, at clubs and bars on a regular basis, this is a strong indication that she might be cheating on you.

Nightclub with green disco lights

In areas such as Bangkok, Pattaya or Phuket, many women freelance at bars and clubs… That is to say that they visit clubs (or bars) in the evening with the goal of meeting customers there. If your girlfriend is regularly drinking in bars and clubs, ask yourself why that is.

5. Her relationship status is "single" on social media

Is your Thai girlfriend's relationship status set to "single" on social media despite her being in a relationship with you? Does she make excuses when you ask her to set her status to "in a relationship"? Perhaps she changes her Facebook account before changing her relationship status… These are all red flags that your girlfriend is wanting to conceal your relationship and appear available to other men.

If a Thai lady is truly committed to one partner, then she should have no issues with changing her relationship status to "in a relationship with Your Name", and sharing photos of her boyfriend throughout her social media accounts.

If a Thai lady is practicing point number 2, then this point might be null and void.

6. She doesn't have a regular job

How does your Thai girlfriend support herself, and what type of lifestyle is she living? If your Thai girlfriend is not working a regular job, then where does her money come from? 

Not working in a regular, stable job could act as a warning sign that she might be earning money through her relationships, or in the red-light areas.

Over the years we have seen many cases where ladies were falsely claiming to have regular jobs in cafés, restaurants, coffee shops, banks, real estate, the list goes on. When we have been asked to step in and check ladys' occupations, it often transpires that they are not working where they claim to be at all. Women that decide to lie about their jobs will often make their stories convincing by taking photos in the alleged workplace, or posing for photos wearing borrowed work uniform in many cases. 

7. She constantly asks you for money

If your Thai girlfriend is constantly coming up with excuses to ask you for money, then perhaps she views you as more of an ATM machine than as a boyfriend.

Of course, if your Thai girlfriend does not earn much money, then you might decide to support her with an allowance or by sending regular gifts… If this is happening in your case, then you should question whether her primary motivation for your relationship is money. If it is then the odds that she will cheat on you are significantly higher.

8. She hides her phone while you are together

Is your girlfriend very guarded around her phone? Does she hide her phone screen when you are together and not let you borrow her device? This should act as a warning sign that she might be speaking with other men and doesn't want you to catch on.

Think about it for a moment, if a lady has nothing to hide, then why would she closely guard her phone screen? There is no real excuse for this, and if she is speaking to her friends in the Thai language then you probably will not be able to understand her messages anyway.

If your girlfriend often leaves you to make phone calls in private whilst you are together then this is another warning sign. After all, if you don't speak Thai then you will not be able to understand her conversations – unless she is speaking in English with other men.

9. She is living above her means

What type of lifestyle does your girlfriend lead and how much money does she earn? Does she often post photos of expensive meals on Instagram? Is her body adorned with gold jewellery? Is she living in a high-end condominium or house? How much is she paying in rent?

These are the types of question that you should ask yourself in order to gauge whether the lady might be living above her means. If she is living above her means, then perhaps she has other forms of income which you don't know about – this might include other relationships.

10. She won't say "I love you" on the phone

If your girlfriend won't say the words "I love you" while on the phone, then you should question why that is. After all, these words will only be understood by another English speaker, as only 20-30% of Thai people are able to speak English, who is she worried about overhearing the conversation? Is she embarrassed to say that she loves you, or worried that someone might overhear her? Both options should form a cause for concern.

11. She has tattoos and smokes cigarettes

If your Thai girlfriend has tattoos and smokes cigarettes, these are definite signs that she might be involved in the Thai nightlife scene, and will be more likely to cheat on you.

Asian woman smoking a cigarette

Most women in Thailand do not smoke cigarettes, and the ones that do tend to be found in beer bars, karaoke bars, and other seedy venues. While attitudes towards tattoos in Thailand are slowly shifting, they can act as another signal that your girlfriend might have worked in the Thai nightlife or "adult entertainment" scene.

Check your Thai girlfriend

If you are having concerns that your Thai girlfriend might be cheating on you, then we can help to investigate her lifestyle and let you know whether or not this is the case. We offer free, confidential quotes for all work. Please feel free to get in touch with one of our experienced team members for help and advice. In order for us to assess your situation and provide a quote, we will need to know which area in Thailand your girlfriend lives, whether she is employed, and any other background information that could help us to understand your situation.

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