Top 10 Tourist Scams and How To Avoid Them

Top 10 Tourist Scams and How To Avoid Them

Brainy Dose Presents: Top 10 Tourist Scams and How to Avoid Them We generally like to think that we are smart
enough to avoid getting duped. However, getting scammed in a foreign country
can happen to the best of us. It’s important to know what kind of travel
scams exist and what you can do to avoid them! Number One: Taxi Overcharge This is one of the most common travel scams
in the world. Taxi drivers pull this scam most often near
airports or hotels. Once you get into a cab, the driver will start
to drive, then he will tell you that the meter is broken and then will proceed to charge
you a ridiculous fee. To avoid this scam, ask the airport or hotel
staff approximately how much a taxi should cost to your destination. Ensure the meter is in fact working BEFORE
you get in the car. Or, negotiate rates ahead of time. And never get in an unlicensed cab — no
matter how amazing the deal is! Number Two: Overbooked Or Closed Hotel This travel scam also involves taxi drivers
and happens while on the way to your hotel. The driver will tell you that your hotel is
either closed or overbooked. Then, he’ll take you to a more expensive
hotel where he receives a nice commission. To avoid this scam, call your hotel in advance
and make sure they’re in operation. If they offer shuttle services, you should
schedule a pickup. Otherwise, insist that the cab driver takes
you to your hotel anyway. It’s also wise to preload your phone with
the shortest routes to your hotel and tourist attractions. This will save you from getting taken on long
and expensive rides! Number Three: Spills On Your Clothing You could be walking down the street, and
suddenly feel something plop on your shoulder. Often times, it’s a spilled drink. Then, a friendly stranger approaches you and
begins to wipe off the offending mess – while plucking your wallet from your pocket or purse. To avoid this scam, the best thing to do is
politely decline the help offered and instead, find a public washroom and clean off the mess
yourself. Number Four: WiFi Connections While you can find WiFi almost anywhere these
days, some free unlocked connections might be dangerous. Hackers will set up unsecured WiFi hotspots
in public locations such as restaurants and cafes. This can be very tempting to unsuspecting
tourists who are eager to connect — and once connected, the thieves can access your
computer, passwords, online accounts, and more. To avoid this scam, always ask staff which
WiFi network belongs to their location and connect to that network only. Number Five: Closed Attraction This tourist scam happens in major tourist
areas, where a friendly local will approach you and start up a conversation – phishing
for information. They will then tell you that the attraction
or shop you want to visit is closed for any number of reasons. Then they’ll guide you to a different attraction
or shop where they either charge a lot for entry or pressure you to buy something. To avoid this scam, don’t just take the
word of locals and allow them to guide you elsewhere. But do thank them for their suggestion and
walk away. Or better yet, call the place you want to
visit before you head out to make sure they are indeed open. Number Six: Friendly ATM Helper A friendly local approaches you at an ATM
cash machine to help you avoid local bank fees. But, what they really want to do is scan your
ATM card with a card skimmer, and watch you enter your pin number so they can drain your
account later. To avoid this scam, never let anyone near
you while you’re making an ATM transaction, and ALWAYS cover the number pad with your
other hand while entering your pin code. If someone approaches offering help, take
your card and find another ATM. Number Seven: Fake Police Officers The fake police officer scam is popular in
many large cities. A local will approach you and offer illicit
items, like drugs. Meanwhile, one or two other people will approach,
appearing to be police officers flashing “badges.” They will then insist that you hand over your
passport and wallet. To avoid this scam, never hand over your wallet
or passport. Request that they show you their identification
and then tell them you will call the police station to confirm they are who they say they
are. Number Eight: Street Beggars Usually, injured or elderly beggars will ask
you for money. But children are also frequently used by begging
gangs to collect money. They use this tactic because it’s difficult
for most people to say no to those who appear to be in need. Sometimes an accomplice nearby is just watching
to see where you keep your wallet so they can pickpocket you later. To avoid this scam, never give cash to street
beggars. You could however, buy them some food. That way, you’ll walk away with a sense
of benevolence, and know that your money is NOT going to a gang. Number Nine: The Switcheroo This scam happens mostly with clothing, rugs,
and antiques. You’re at a store and you see a designer
item at a bargain price. After some further bargaining, the owner agrees
to sell it you. But while you aren’t paying attention, they
hand you a knockoff instead. To avoid this scam, don’t buy expensive
items while on vacation oversea, no matter how good the deal is. Also, be sure to always watch what the seller
is actually giving you – to be sure it’s the exact item you wanted. Number Ten: Flirtatious Local Women If you’re a single man traveling, you need
to watch out for this popular scam! You will notice that beautiful local women
pay much more attention to you than women back home. One of them may even invite you out to a nightclub
or bar! But after a wild night, the woman disappears
and you’re forced to pay an overpriced bill. Or worse, you get drugged and wake up completely
robbed of everything you had with you. To avoid this scam, be wary of attractive
women who are unusually forward or hitting on you aggressively – especially if you aren’t
used to this back home! While it is every man’s dream to be propositioned
by beautiful women, remember, getting on a plane didn’t actually increase your attractiveness… Have you ever been scammed while traveling? Or do you know of any other scams? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for watching! If you liked this video, give it a thumbs
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6 thoughts on “Top 10 Tourist Scams and How To Avoid Them

  1. I always advise to take the picture of the stranger whom you meet in a restaurant or in a bar, who is trying to be very friendly and never ever handover your camera/mobile to them to take your picture or review their pictures that you took of them, usually they will immediately delete their pictures from your camera/phone and later they will do the scam, perhaps you should check your camera/phone again and make sure that pictures are still there.
    I often took pictures of the taxi drivers with whom I travel abroad, just on a safe side take the picture of the taxi number as well, in case you might forget in the taxi.

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