Why you should run a background check on a Thai girlfriend

July 6, 2022 - Reading time: 8 minutes

Our clients will often come to us seeking a prematrimonial background check on their Thai girlfriend, as a way of verifying the lady's identity, checking her circumstances, and ultimately protecting any financial or emotional investment which they decide to make in her.

There are numerous different reasons for which our clients may decide to perform a background check on their Thai partner. We will explore some of the more common motivations in this article.

1. Check her honesty

Often is the case that in order to 'save face', Thai girlfriends will not be fully honest or up-front about certain things which they think might make them less desirable to potential partners, especially if they are dating a foreigner.

For example, if you met a lady while in Thailand or through internet dating, then she might not tell you that she already has multiple children by previous partners. In Thailand it is common for grandparents to look after children in rural villages while the child's parents work in a city; the parents will then be responsible for working and sending money back to their village.

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This can mean that even if you meet a lady in Thailand, you might not meet her parents/children or extended family. In this case a background check can help to verify the lady's circumstances.

If a lady is recently divorced, or even if she is currently married, then she might decide not to mention this to you in order to 'save face' and to maintain your relationship with her. The concept of 'saving face' is an important element of Thai culture and something which may benefit you to research if you are involved in a romantic relationship with a Thai person.

If a lady is working in the adult entertainment industry as a bar girl, for example, and she decides to look for a foreign partner through internet dating, she may decide to claim that she is a university student or that she works in a normal job... You may read this and think that 'it could never happen to you', many of our clients felt the same way until we discovered the truth of the situation.

Not all Thai lady investigations can be remedied through running a background check however background checks form a good starting point in many cases.

2. Marital status and marriage/divorce history

Did you know that if you are involved in a romantic relationship with a lady that is married, then under Thai law you could be sued by her husband? Social media posts, messages, and photos can be used as evidence of your relationship. For this reason we recommend at least checking the lady's current marital status and marriage/divorce history, whether or not you choose to perform a full background check on her.

3. Applying for a long term visa

If you are applying for a long term visa for your Thai girlfriend, then certain factors may make the process difficult or impossible. For example, if the lady comes from a criminal background then you might find it difficult for her to acquire a long term visa or even a tourist visa to visit another country.

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If the lady is currently married or has been divorced very recently, and she neglects to inform you of this, or of other information relating to her life or living arrangements, then such discrepancies could throw a spanner in the works when it comes to applying for a (often costly) visa to visit a Western country.

Furthermore, if the lady is not able to demonstrate a stable and long term career, then her chances of acquiring a visa for another country may prove to be more difficult. We can also check and verify employment/education records as part of a romantic background check.

4. Avoid falling victim to a romance scam

It is a sad fact that romance scams are on the rise around the globe; with the United States Federal Trade Commission reporting that romance scams increased by a massive 80% in 2021.

Romance scams come in many different forms and guises. Most scams entail spinning a web of deceit, forming an emotional bond with the victim and using an elaborate series of lies to extract money from them.

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You may think that 'it could never happen to you', however it is important to remember that professional fraudsters are just that - professionals. The perpetrators of this type of fraud usually practice and hone their skills over a number of years which allows them to become extremely convincing and good and what they do. Cleverly constructed stories and elaborate lies can make the most farfetched claims seem believable, with victims becoming less and less likely to question the person they are speaking to as they begin to develop an emotional attachment to them.

Background checks are one path which we can take in order to check and verify claims in order to eliminate the risk posed by dating/romance scams.

5. Make an informed investment

Often is the case that when a foreigner decides to form a romantic relationship with a Thai lady, that there will be an element of financial support in the relationship. Even if there is not, many Thai families will expect the foreigner to pay them a 'dowry' or 'sin sod' when marrying their daughter, which is typically a combination of cash and gold, however a dowry payment could also include land, property deeds, or even vehicles.

Dowry/sin sod payments at Thai weddings can run anywhere from 500,000 THB up to several million THB in some cases, with much dependant on the bride's family. 

Even if a Thai wedding where a dowry is paid is not on the cards, maintaining a relationship with a person from another country usually entails the obvious costs associated with travel, visas, and relocation. Put simply, there is likely to be financial expenditure at various points during your relationship. And where any good businessman will remind you to perform due diligence in order to make informed business decisions; we believe that it can also pay to protect your investment by also performing due diligence during romantic relationships.

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Unpaid fines to appear on Thai criminal records

June 23, 2022 - Reading time: 6 minutes

An article published by the Bangkok Post claims that Thai motorists who refuse to pay their fines will now face more severe enforcement and possible arrest under new measures announced by the Royal Thai Police (RTP).

Those subject to fines will face multiple warnings before police resort to issuing arrest warrants.

First, a subject will be issued with a deadline to pay their fine, whether that fine was issued on the spot or through postal mail, Pol Maj Gen Jirasan Kaewsaeng-ek, who is deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) was quoted as saying in the article.

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If the fine is not paid, then a written warning will be sent within 15 days of the deadline. They will then be afforded an additional 15 days to make payment. Multiple payment options are available, from bank transfer to over-the-counter service at convenience stores, by mail, or in person at a police station. Failure to heed the warnings may result in up to two summonses being issued.

The deputy commissioner is reported as saying that if the summonses were ignored then the police will ask the courts to issue arrest warrants. Pol Maj Gen Jirasan continued to say that arrest warrants would be enforceable all over the country and that those attempting to leave the country with outstanding arrest warrants could be apprehended by police.

Furthermore, the offence relating to an unpaid fine would be listed on the subject’s Thai criminal record, which could hinder their chances of finding a job if their employer decides to run a background check on them, or if a background check is necessary for their field of work.

Applying for credit from a bank or other financial institution might also be hindered by the presence of a criminal record caused by unpaid fines.

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Bangkok Investigators.com comment that while the failure to pay fines is not itself a serious offence, some employers might view it as a signal of insubordinate behaviour from their candidate. If the candidate is applying for a role which involves trust, handling cash, or providing financial advice to others, for example, then most employers will expect their candidate to have a reasonable grasp of their own financial affairs. We think it's fair to assume that failing to pay fines is not usually a trait which most people (and employers) tend to associate with responsible behaviour.

According to one statistic which was published by Nation Thailand in 2018, out of 13.5 million fines, 83 percent (just over 11 million) were unpaid at the time of the article's publication. Authorities are thought to hope that the new measures will decrease the number of fines which are not paid.

If you are an employer that is looking to recruit people in Thailand then you might choose to perform a preemployment background check on your prospective employees. Not only can such a background check confirm whether the candidates have charges relating to unpaid fines, a standard check would also reveal whether they have other potentially more serious criminal charges on file.

Employment background checks can also help to confirm the subject's identity; they might also encompass reference checks from past employers/educational institutions or checks on the subject's lifestyle. Much can depend on the needs and requirements of our client, with many job roles requiring an understandable level of increased scrutiny concerning the subject's background and their overall integrity.

Background screening in Thailand

We can help to perform background screening in Thailand for a variety of different reasons. Whether you require are an employer looking to perform an employment background check, or would like to perform checks as part of a premarital or romantic background check; checking an individual through background screening can help to confirm that everything is as it should be, and to provide peace of mind.

Our background screening services are completely private and confidential. Whether you need to screen a candidate using an employment background check, or check a romantic partner from Thailand, we can help.

Employment screening in Thailand

We can help whether you are an employer looking to hire people from Thailand, or simply looking to screen domestic workers (such as nannies/housekeepers/maids) in Thailand. Employment background checks can help to mitigate from risk of theft, fraud, or repetitional damage which may result from hiring the wrong person.

We offer an effective and discreet service with the fastest possible turnaround times and our service is strictly private and confidential. Please feel free to get in touch with us for a free quote if you are interested in running a background check, or click through our website for more information about us and the different services that we offer.

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Sources: Bangkok Post, Nation Thailand

Trace a phone number in Thailand service

June 20, 2022 - Reading time: 4 minutes

Do you need to trace a Thai phone number? Perhaps a family member or loved one has gone missing in Thailand and you would like us to find out where they are, or to retrace their last visited locations before they disappeared in order to locate them and safeguard their welfare.

We can help to trace phone numbers in Thailand in order to find locations where the number was last active. Our fee for this service is 9,990 THB including tax. If we cannot trace the number then we will not charge you. 

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How does your phone number tracing service work? 

As a leading private detective agency based in Thailand, we have developed a cutting edge method of tracing phone numbers which relies on 'OSINT' investigative techniques. This service is fully legal as it entails the acquisition of data through open source and compliant methods.

The phone number tracing service can identify locations where the subject's phone number was last active and can be used in order to locate missing persons in some cases.

How much is 9,990 THB in dollars?

If we are able to trace a phone number for you, then you will need to pay us 9,990 THB before receiving the results of our trace. We recommend searching Google for 'how much is 9990 THB in dollars?' in order to get a rough idea of how much this would cost in your local currency.

How can I order a phone number trace?

If you would like to order a phone number trace then please complete our contact form. We will need to understand why you are ordering the trace from us. If we are able to trace the number for you then you will need to pay us 9,990 THB before receiving the results.

Can you trace phone numbers from other countries?

No. This service is offered exclusively for Thai phone numbers.

How can you help to find missing people?

If we are trying to locate a missing person and no other information is available besides their phone number, then we would need to utilise a phone number trace in order to find any locations of interest. From there we can carry out site visits (this would mean visiting a specific location and interviewing people there), or place any locations of interest under surveillance. Surveillance would entail sitting outside the property for many hours and observing anyone entering or leaving, with the ultimate goal of locating the subject and collecting evidence in the form of photos/video.

Please note that our phone number tracing service does not include any site visits or personal surveillance. If you decide that you would like us to conduct either after running a phone number trace then additional fees will apply; our fees would depend on the location of the assignment.

We can use a variety of different techniques in order to locate people and find missing individuals. However, much depends on the subjective circumstances in each case. We are not able to trace all phone numbers, and in some cases the information may be so scarce that we are unable to help. We are not able to accept all tracing requests if the nature of the case does not fall within our company's strict ethical code of conduct. Suffice it to say that we reserve the right not to accept cases for any reason.

We offer free, no pressure quotes for all work. If you require our help to find a missing person then please feel free to get in touch with one of our experienced team members, we will do our best to understand your situation and offer a free quote if we are able to help. Rest assured that if you decide not to pursue a case then all of your data and communications will be securely deleted from our system.

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