7 Usual Travel Scams Around The World You Need To Know

April 29, 2014

Traveling isn’t always a breeze with smiling people waving at you, ready to help you anytime, anywhere. Sometimes, nightmares could happen in your trip that could shed your money and ruin your traveling spirit. You don’t want to have regrets and scream “Noooo!” so better beware of these scams that happen around the world.

1. Hotel Scams

Photo via: Thrillist

Photo via: Thrillist

What happens:

Taxi drivers or rickshaws take you to another hotel/hostel to help a friend or get bonus cash.

What you do:

Prebook, print copy of the receipt, remember the street name, and be familiar with how your accommodation and its surroundings look like through online photos.

2. Rickshaw Scams

Photo via: Tropical Island

Photo via: Tropical Island

What happens:

They convince you to visit this place they know and take you to extra places you aren’t even interested in going to but you still pay for it.

What you do:

Say no. If they don’t stop persisting, ignore and find another rickshaw.

3. Taxi Scams

Photo via: Orchestroscopy

Photo via: Orchestroscopy

What happens:

If you pay with large notes, the taxi driver hand you back a change of fakes.

What you do:

Always make sure to keep smaller notes saved for taxi rides and pay with the exact amount.

4. “Directions” Scams

Photo via: Wikihow

Photo via: Wikihow

What happens:

A stranger will approach you and help you look for the place you plan on going to. They may or may not know where exactly it is but they’ll still ask for money.

What you do:

Say a firm “No, thank you.” Try to find the place yourself, and if you can’t avoid it, never pay someone who gave you directions.

5. Girl Scams

Photo via: Youtube

Photo via: Youtube

What happens:

Bar ladies invite you, get you drinks with marked up prices to get more commission from the bar they’re working for.

What you do:

Stay away from bars or restaurants with ladies who look like being used to sell their bodies and if you can’t avoid it, don’t buy women drinks.

6. Kid Scams

Photo via: Tillo13

Photo via: Tillo13

What happens:

Street children ask you for money with their cute little puppy eyes. They’re probably used by crime syndicates.

What you do:

Ignore them or just give them food.

7. Drug Scams

Photo via: Tucson Sentinel

Photo via: Tucson Sentinel

What happens:

Someone places drugs in your bag and someone down the line will “detect” you having some. Then, they bribe you for money or else, you’ll end up in prison.

Others will invite you to have drinks in a bar, spike your drink and place drugs in your bag and ask you to pay for the drug you didn’t really buy.

What you do:

Stay away from drugs when abroad especially in places known to have scams like these. Don’t accept invitations from strangers, watch your drinks, don’t get too drunk, and be in control.

Remember that these scams are true but it doesn’t mean that you should be discouraged. Just always keep an eye and get away from uncomfortable situations immediately.

Source: Trip.me

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