Tourists are attracted to the exotic culture, cuisine and historical wonders. If you are planning a trip abroad, I urge you to be wary of several scams that everyone should monitor when traveling. Most people are completely oblivious to their surroundings on a daily basis, when traveling you must be vigilant about your surrounds. We all hear about being careful with your wallet when traveling because of pickpocketing. Did you know there are cities notorious for their tourist scams?
Most people are completely oblivious to their surroundings on a daily basis, when traveling you must be vigilant about your surrounds. We all hear about being careful with your wallet when traveling because of pickpocketing. Did you know there are cities notorious for their tourist scams?
4 Scams You Must Know to Protect Yourself When Traveling Abroad
Pick Pocketing: You may encounter pickpockets in a crowded street, but there is another form of pickpocketing not thought of and its typical victim is men. Men walking home from a bar or club alone or with friends may find themselves in the company of women on the street with the promise of a fun evening, then suddenly the attention ends, the men stumble off to find out later their wallet is stolen. 33% of all travel insurance claims are for lost or stolen possessions.
Overpriced Taxis: The broken meter scam. Most cities have a taxi scam where unknowing tourist are tricked by an unfamiliar currency system and language. There are three taxi scams to be wary of: the broken meter scam, the “no change” scam, and the airport scam will leave you being charged two to three times the cost of a typical local. Also, be careful when receiving change, many drivers will dispute the amount of money given and only the brave an attest.
Counterfeit Money: Be wary exchanging large bills that require a merchant to make change. Once again you are using an unfamiliar currency and you exchange money with a food vendor and they pull a counterfeit bill from the register exclaiming it to be your counterfeit money and begin asking for more money to cover your purchase. There are many counterfeit money scams and it is hard to outsmart the scam artist. You should familiarize yourself with the local currency, never use large bills for small purchases and check the serial number on the currency before handing it over.
Fake Booking Sites: There could not be a worse scenario than booking a room online for your travel abroad and once arriving finding out your room doesn’t exist. Booking.com, the travel agent, has said it has paid out compensation to customers after as many as 10,000 were affected by an online phishing scam.
If you want to know some of the more notorious cities, check out Scam City on Netflix where TV personality Conner Woodman travels to the world’s most visited cities, exposing tourist scams by purposely falling victim to them.