Human Capital Alliance will be co-hosting the 6th AnnualThailand Roundtable: Global Institutional Forum on Pensions and Investments.

The two-day eventthis year will take place on: Thursday, November 7 at the Plaza Athénée Bangkokand on Friday, November 8 at the GrandHyatt Erawan

Organized by Asia Asset Management together with support fromthe CFA Society and Human Capital Alliance, the 6thAnnual Thailand Roundtable is sponsored by Allianz Global Investors andDIAM Asset Management.


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Hong Kong

(Headquarters)

Hill & Associates Ltd.

Room 1701-08

Tower 2, Times Square

1 Matheson Street

Causeway Bay

Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2802 2123

Fax: +852 2802 2133

China

Hill & Associates (PRC) Ltd.

6A, Huamin Empire Plaza

No. 728 Yan An Road (W)

Shanghai 200050

China

Tel: +86 21 5238 5599

Fax: +86 21 5237 1693


India

Hill & Associates India Pvt. Ltd.

Tower A, 5th Floor

Unitech Cyber Park, Sector 39

122002, Gurgaon, Haryana

India

Tel: +91 124 454 5454

Fax: +91 124 406 0137


Indonesia

PT Hill Konsultan Indonesia

Gedung Setiabudi 2

Lt. 3A, Suite 3A05

Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. 62

Karet Setiabudi

Jakarta Selatan, 12920

Indonesia

Tel: +62 21 522 8811

Fax: +62 21 522 1165


Malaysia

Hill Risk Consulting (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Lot 4 & 6, Jalan 225, Section 51A

46100 Petaling Jaya

Selangor

Malaysia

Tel: +603 7960 2988

Fax: +603 7960 5312


Singapore

Hill & Associates Risk Consulting (S) Pte. Ltd.

51 Cuppage Road #10-18

Singapore 229469

Tel: +65 6738 1278

Fax: +65 6738 0187


Thailand

HillRisk Consulting (Thailand) Ltd.

139 Sethiwan Tower

6th Floor Room C

Pan Road Silom

Bangrak Bangkok 10500

Thailand

Tel: +66 2635 1919

Fax: +66 2635 1911


Vietnam

The Representative Office of Hill

Risk Consulting (Thailand) Ltd. in

HCMC Vietnam

Unit 212, 2nd Floor

Harbour View Tower

35 Nguyen Hue Street

District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam

Tel: +84 8 3915 3353



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How to Avoid Online HolidayBooking Scams at Bacall Associates


The growthof holidays and flights available on the internet has provided a wealth ofopportunities for the travelling public but it has also provided opportunitiesfor fraudsters. At the start of each New Year fraudsters steal millions ofpounds targeting holidaymakers who book their summer holidays online.


HOLIDAY BOOKING FRAUD

Thecriminals scam unsuspecting members of the public by posing as online travelagents and setting up fake travel booking websites. They can make large sums ofmoney by taking payments for holiday, hotel and flight reservations that do notexist. This is common for bookings related to high profile events as well asholidays.

As a result,individual consumers are losing up to tens of thousands of pounds on phoneybookings. They often do not discover they have been ripped off until it is toolate and are unable to afford a replacement holiday. This has an impact on thehealth of the victims, as well as on their purses, due to added stress andworry.

TheAssociation of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has seen an increase in customerinquiries relating to fraud during January, the most popular month forconsumers to search for cheap holiday bookings. In response, the associationhas released a helpful guide to the warningsigns of fraud online.


1. Pricesthat are considerably lower than competitors

Althoughprices may vary slightly amongst different agents, flight and holiday pricesare largely set and it is unlikely that one is drastically cheaper and genuine.

2. Lowresolution and blurry logos for trade associations and credit card companies

If you areunsure, check with the protection organisation or trade body that the companyis still licenced to trade.

3. The onlypayment option is a bank transfer

This indicatesthat no bank is prepared to provide credit card facilities, but paying bycredit card will protectyour money.

4.Non-receipt of tickets

Always checkthe paperwork and be wary of companies that don't give any.

5. Checkcustomer reviews and the website address

If a companyis defrauding people, there is a good chance that consumers will post detailsof their experiences and warnings about the company online. An illegitimatewebsite can be spotted by a slight change in the website domain.


Above all,always use your instincts. The sad truth is that if something seems too good tobe true, it probably is. So the next time you want to book an exciting getawayonline, take on board ABTA's warning signs to escape the scammers.

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