40 Tourist scams to avoid

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Tourists are often the most vulnerable to scams; they are probably unfamiliar with the surrounding area, are often in need of help and information and tend to be trusting of locals, are likely not to question what they see or are told, often cannot speak the language where they are, and are probably carrying large amounts of cash and credit.


http://www.justtheflight.co.uk/blog/...is-summer.html

On the lighter side. I have never seen a a women in Delhi selling a sprig rosemary.
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I've been scammed only twice in my life and surprisingly both happened this year.

I fell for the expensive taxi driver and I think its hard to escape from them, especially If you don't know much about the area/country and unknown language could make it more difficult.

Never saw rosemary woman in delhi.
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Where was that Prince09? The only place I got scammed was in Thailand. Crossing overland from Thailand to Laos. Thuk thuk driver took us to a travel agent instead of taking us to border. The travel agent sweet talked us into paying for visa in advance. We are talking small amounts here so it was not a great loss. As you said lack of local knowledge and being tired does not help.
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There is/are a class of scams that do not adapt well (or so I thought) to Indian context. They target a very narrow slice of visitors, and were invented in era of the movie the World of Suzy Wong; and variations of FSU/Iron Curtain champagne, et.al scams, then moved to Dubai, Sharm-el-Sheik/Tel Aviv and spread to deshland.

It starts right at the Airport.

You know why the scams above happen ? At least this mommy know

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His mother says, "Not yet."
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Originally Posted by Govindpuri View Post Where was that Prince09?
Manila, Phillipines.

The taxi driver was called by a couple of pretty girls at the international airport. I was told the girls were 'authorized' airport people who ensure tourists don't get scammed by taxi drivers(apparently it's quite rife in manila).

With in 3 minutes of leaving the airport, the taxi driver stopped at a certain point and opened the window. Another guy standing there asked me 'where', I said 'I told the driver already', he spoke to the driver in local language and then said '1500 pesos'. I gave him a serious stare and said I am not new to this place(well...I was actually!) and said even more seriously to the driver to close the door and go. Later I asked the driver whats the purpose of stopping the car and letting some random dude talk to me?. He pretended as if he doesn't understand what I am saying while deliberately speaking broken english and then he took me in a route which will get him more money and a toll as well.

Ended up paying 4 times more than the actual fare. My friend who met me later explained how 'things' work in manila.

Another one was the scam in bangkok where the boat rider agreed to take us for a 10 temple visit on the boat with 20 minutes at each temple stop. Came out of the first temple. No boat and no boat rider...1000 Bhat gone in the smoke!

Me and my friend laughed loud at that moment on how we could be taken for a ride. That never happened to us before and we've been to some of the very dodgy, scam ridden places in the world.
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Manila airport is quite bad. I think white taxis are expensive but at least they take you to your hotel.
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The dropped wallet scam has a twist.

Into the stairwell comes the assistant property manager accompanying the fire marshal. Horror of horrors renovations have been going on and the workmen with an IQ of 60 have stored all the cans of paint and carpeting in the stairwell. While the fire marshal's face turns red and purple alternately an art collection appears on the floor, two portraits of US Grant. The fire marshal says it isn't his. The assistant manager asks him to keep it for whoever lost it. The fire marshal says if the stuff is still there tomorrow he is going to reach in and yank out private parts through the assistant manager's nose. After an all nighter the assistant manager passes inspection.

A nice Indian fellow in a bind doesn't know the routine and gets indicted in LA.

Wonder if anything like this goes on in India.?
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Friendship Bracelet - they tried on me in Cambodia and failed.

The Rose - tried at Spanish Steps in Italy. Didn't work, Fing prefers Lily's.

The Thrown Baby - tried in Varanasi. I know a real baby wrapped in a blanket when I see one. This was clearly a rolled up 2L soda bottle.

The shoe shiner - they asked me, but failed to realise I wore hiking sandals that don't need shining.

Woman selling Rosemary - had that one in my own home town of Leeds. Just ignored her and walked away. She threatened me with bad luck, but I've walked under enough ladders and broken at least 2 mirrors. I've got bad luck until I'm at least in my 70's.

Expensive taxi driver - HCMC, Vietnam. Yup, this guy threatened me and locked me in his cab for around 5$ more then the normal fare. Thought he'd have charged a bit more.
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40 Travel Scams You Need To Look Out For

Seasoned travelers know that safety is paramount -- especially when you're traveling alone. Even the most innocent-looking pizza menu or lost bracelet can double as a sneaky ploy to grab your money or passport.

The folks at Just the Flight have a compiled the most common scams you'll encounter on your travels. While some scams are more common in certain areas, it should be noted that anything can happen anywhere -- and that the majority of sidewalk flower salesmen are not crooks.

Be on your guard, but don't forget to have fun, because the people you'll meet are fundamentally good (except for the ones who snatch your credit card, of course).






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