When in an unfamiliar place, it is easy for many travellers to fall prey to scammers. If you’re planning to visit another city or country, it is very important that you keep your guard up to prevent criminals from taking advantage of you. Here’s are some of the most common scams travellers like your should watch out for.
Great deals at the airport or bus station
If someone offers you a great deal on a night’s stay or transportation as soon as you get off the bus, train, or airplane, you should walk away without a glance. While the deal may sound appealing, it is very likely that the services you’ll receive will be substandard.
Never hop onto a cab that looks suspicious. If you’re going to take a cab, make sure that it’s fully licensed and in good condition. And once you’re onboard, always pay attention to your surroundings. Trust your instincts, too. If something feels off, pay the driver and get out immediately.
Most scammers are counting on the fact that you won’t be able to differentiate between a true police officer and a fake one. Therefore, as soon as you arrive in a foreign country, you should determine what the local police uniform and marked cars look like. So when someone dressed up as a law enforcer approaches you, you will be able to tell immediately if the one you’re talking to is a scammer or not.
Distract and grab
There are many variations of this tactic, where one person distracts you while another picks your pocket. However, it can be hard to act out against your instinct, so the best way to avoid being victimised by pickpockets is to stay away from crowded areas. Be vigilant and always keep your valuables and money hidden.
Overpriced food and drinks
This scam is quite common in many tourist areas, but some destinations take this to extremes. Some threaten physical violence if you’re unable to pay the bill. To avoid paying for overpriced food and drinks, you should ask the price before your order. Or if you can, you should considering paying up front.
The hotel needs your credit card information
Think twice about giving your credit card information if the hotel management calls you in the middle of the night, asking to clarify your card details. Unless it’s an emergency, the hotel should never bother you. If you do get a call, don’t give out any information. Instead, you should tell them that you will resolve everything in the morning and then hang up.