But there is a second danger as Bill Mc Mahon explains: 'Many men on Thai Love Lines and Thai women became very suspicious understandably and often they lose confidence in the process entirely after coming in contact with these entities, I tell all our users, who I speak with, that this activity targets all international dating sites and that at anytime perhaps under 1% of online users may be suspect but unfortunately, it is this 1% that is more active.
However the important thing for users to know is that once they are aware and heed our advice, they are perfectly safe and have nothing to lose.' The irony is that Thai women dating online who become insecure about the online dating process lose the opportunity it presents for a life changing relationship and the exploration of new horizons.
Two years ago Sunkanya thought she had met the man of her dreams online.
He was working for an international company based in the middle east, a little overweight but quite handsome. 'My heart was happy and I felt joy, I did tell all my family and friends,' she recalls.
She was to be disappointed but at the same time very lucky.
The dream man online transpired to be a scammer like those who operate from Africa working with gang members in Thailand and Malaysia.
He is due back for Christmas and they will be married in 2015.
'I think every person must be responsible and decide for themselves but I was not always sure also you know,' she admits.The internet has emerged as a uplifting resource for most Thai women.Studies in Thailand show women leading the online race for dating, education and social interaction ahead of Thai men. Sunkanya has been dating online for over five years now. In both instances her visitor didn't stay more than a few days before moving on to the latest town or back to Bangkok.She said yes and he told her that he would visit her in Thailand.Two weeks before his arrival he asked her if she could meet in Bangkok at Suvarnabhumi airport. She had heard about another well publicised scam being highlighted by the Royal Thai Police.Because Sukanya was warned by her friends she was not taken in by the scam despite initially buying in to the dream.