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At odds with Expat clubs?

 

At odds with Expat clubs?

Dear Editor
There has been a lot of discussion recently via websites and the local media about Expat clubs in Thailand. The general consensus of opinion seems to be that they are set up by entrepreneurial ex pats for one purpose only - to sell their services to members. These services are typically financial advice, legal advice and real estate.
In most western countries all these areas are tightly regulated, which means that when things go wrong you stand a good chance of getting your money back. In the case of serious wrongdoing the “expert” will be prosecuted and go to prison.
Up here in Chiang Mai we have received nearly 200 emails in the last few days about this issue. Most of these emails detail serious complaints about bad financial advice. The second most complained about “service” is legal advice; representation with land and house purchase being the third. We would like to compile information about these practices and would be very pleased to here from fellow expats both from Chiang Mai and the rest of Thailand.
We realize that these issues can be sensitive and we therefore would be quite happy to receive general comments. In any case, names and other personal information will not be passed on to anybody else. So if you have had a bad experience at the hands of an Expats Club, please let us know. We expats are always vulnerable and so we believe sharing this sort of information is a protection for us all. Please send an email to [email protected]
David and Karen Wenman (Chiang Mai)

 


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