A blackjack scam has broken out in Cambodia and tourists in the area are the victims. Several tourists visiting the Phnom Penh area have been playing the game and losing major cash. The scam artists are believed to be from the Philippines and they mostly operate in Sisowath Quay.
The group goes to areas where tourists frequent and then they attack. The group compliments the tourists and then asks where they are from and then say that they know someone moving to that area. They then ask them to go to eat to talk about their fear of their family member moving. Then while at lunch a second accomplice appears stating they are a card dealer at a local casino.
The victims are then asked if they want to play blackjack and the two accomplices work together to get the money from the victim. If the victim refuses to pay, the group will threaten them with violence until they agree to pay up.
Police have been made aware of the instances and Hy Prou the deputy police chief of Phnom Penh commented: “Our police have often received complaints and reports from many foreign tourists about this Filipino group’s activities in Phnom Penh. We now are still working and investigating this case.”
The victims are losing quite a bit of money. One victim lost $3,000 in one weekend. Police are working to find the scam artists and hopefully it will not take long before the blackjack scammers are caught in the act.