I had been working in a job that wasn’t particularly fulfilling, but at least provided enough of an income to get by.
I had few friends and my social life was practically non-existent, so I decided to take a trip to Bangkok in the hopes that a change of scenery would help me feel better about myself.
Little did I know that this would be the start of one of the most traumatic experiences of my life.
My first night in Bangkok, I was approached by an older man who was clearly from the city. He introduced himself as a “magician”, and told me he could help me “attract women” using a special type of perfume he had. I was taken aback by the suggestion, but I was also desperate and lonely, so I decided to hear him out.
He told me that the perfume was made of special ingredients that had been collected from all over the world, and that when I wore it, it would help me attract the attention of any woman I wanted. He said it was expensive, but that he could offer me a discount if I bought it right then and there.
The man seemed convincing enough, so I decided to purchase the perfume for 1,500 baht. He told me to follow him to a nearby store, where he said he could get me a discounted price.
Once we arrived, I was shocked to find out that the perfume was actually extremely expensive, the price became 3,500 baht. I began to feel uneasy about the whole situation, but the man assured me that the price was worth it, and that it would help me get the woman of my dreams.
I reluctantly handed over the money, and he gave me the bottle of perfume. I thanked him and returned to my hotel room, feeling a little bit relieved that I had taken the plunge.
However, the next morning I realized that the man had scammed me. The perfume smelled terrible and had no effect on the women I tried it on. In fact, they seemed to be repulsed by it. I was outraged, and felt like an idiot for falling for such an obvious scam.
The experience left me feeling scammed, embarrassed, and humiliated. I knew I had been taken advantage of, and I felt like I was never going to be able to trust people again.