When traveling around the world, it’s not uncommon to get caught in a scammer’s game. Even if you consider yourself to be a traveler. However, knowing the usual traps scammers set for tourists at your destination can help you prepare and be on guard.
Before embarking on your summer vacation abroad, become familiar with these 20 tourist scams common in popular destinations.
1. The Newspaper Trick
When you’re walking in the street and a lot of children surrounds you. They seem innocent enough until they begin waving newspapers at you. In the time you will become distracted, and the children grab your purse or bag even your wallet.
2. Sorry for the Stain, Sir
When you are in the airport and stressed Someone will walk by and accidentally put a mustard on you, or spill something else, causing a stain. They will then awkwardly try to help clean up the stain while grabbing something on your luggage or wallet and walks off with it, according to International Business Times.
3. Falling Lady
A woman, usually an elderly woman, will make a huge acting by falling down. Accomplices will then quickly move throughout the crowd, pickpocketing and grabbing all of yours .
4. Jet Ski Damage
When you rent a jet ski on a beach and return, it’s claimed you’ve damaged it. They will start blaming you up for a repair bill.
5. The Free Bracelet
The scam starts with a friendly man or woman who approaches you, then they will wrap some sort of string bracelet around your wrist. They will begin weaving a bracelet now and won’t let you go, which point they’ll demand payment.
6. Fake Art Shows
Beware of young art students who approach you to go with them on a school gallery. Often, when you get to the supposed gallery, you’ll find yourself on the receiving end of a high-pressure sales pitch for overpriced art and then they will push you to pay.
7. The Milk Scam
Underprivileged children come up to you and ask you if you could buy them some milk in the supermarket because they are poor and hungry. To protect yourself from this scam and similar tourist scams, politely say no in buying anything for a child or beggar when prompted.
8. Overly Helpful Locals
When you are approached by overly helpful locals around , especially while making ATM withdrawals. In reality, they could be memorizing your ATM PIN code and will then steal your bank card. Or, if you’ve completed a transaction, they might grab your cash and run off with it.
You can politely turn down any help offered while making ATM withdrawals.
9. Car Trouble
Similar to the overly helpful locals, car renters beware of anyone who points out car trouble while you’re driving. Someone will drives you,then they will signaling you that there’s a problem with your car. Once you pull over, the other driver walks with you to the back of your car to inspect the problem, his accomplice makes off with your valuables. Or worse, they rob you at knifepoint.
10. Slowly Counting Change
Whenever you are buy something, make sure that you receive the correct change. Especially be careful when a cashier is counting your change at an extremely slow pace or pauses often while counting. Then they will immediately get all of your money.
11. The Bag Slash
When you’re standing around with bag, suitcase or purse while waiting for a cab, a man on a bicycle will slash the bag’s handles and ride off with the bag. When you chase after the thief, their accomplice will quickly grab and make off with any remaining bags.
12. Taxi Scams
When you go on a taxi, the driver put you in the back seat and sit in the front seat. After a few minutes, the person who found the taxi for you will ask you to pay for the trip. They take the money and run away from the taxi, with your money. Sometimes the drivers are in on it, but often times they are not.
13. Fake Police Officers
There are some police officers who will force you to see your passport or visa, tell you that there is some type of issue, and then insist you need to pay a fine, reported lifestyle website Thrillist.com. To avoid falling prey to fake police officers.
14. The ‘Found a Ring’ Scam
As tourists that are walking along, they’ll be approached by someone, sometimes a person dressed as a tourist. The person will point to a ring on the ground and ask if it’s yours. Then they try to give it to you and convince you to pay them for it.
15. The Shoe Shiner
A man will walk by and drop his shoe brush near you. You’ll do the nice thing and pick it up, and he’ll thank you for shining your shoes. It might seem like an innocent, but then the shoe shiner will likely demand payment for the service you never asked for in the first place.
16. Fake Border Entry Fees
If someone demands you hand them money for a fee or ticket in this instance, don’t do it. Keep your car doors locked and valuables out of sight, and just ignore the scammers.
17. Unsafe WiFi Hotspots
When you are traveling there are a lot of WiFi hotspots around the public place. Open or Free WiFi can be used in hacking your account once you are connected to it. Be careful on this kind of WiFis because it might get all of your data information and uses it for phishing. You can use a VPN to protect all of your data when connected to it.
18. The Tailor Tuk Tuk Scam
Taking a tuk-tuk in Bangkok, Thailand, is an authentic way to explore the city. There are some drivers who will perform an elaborate scam. A driver will offer to give you a ride for a low sum. These drivers will take you to two different tailors and make you awkwardly sit there while the store owner tries desperately to convince you to have something made. The tailor scam is a strange one because they do eventually take you to where you want to go. And they do only charge what they promised, even if you don’t buy anything. Having to sit at [the] tailors, though, is awkward and time-consuming.
19. The Survey Scam
A young person will approach you with a clipboard and tell you they are doing a survey, and could you answer it. The survey is actually a form to sign up to donate money for the support the charity’s cause, before going on to ask how much you’d donate. The scammer will generally only then push you to donate to the charity they claim to represent. If they can’t get your card details, they’ll ask for cash on the spot.
20. High-Pressure Travel Club Companies
Some consumers believe they are getting something for free by attending travel club sales presentations, and then they are under the belief they are joining the vacation club at a reduced price after high-pressure tactics. Lastly, they soon find out they are not getting a good deal, and could have purchased the same vacation for less elsewhere.”