40 Of The Most Common Tourist Scams You Should Be Aware Of When Traveling

by Damjan

Tourists are very often unfamiliar with the area they’re visiting, its people and customs, and need guidance to get around. Luckily, most locals are friendly and willing to help. But there are those whose smile and friendliness is just a mask, and their real goal is taking advantage of tourists and taking their money or belongings.

These scammers are specialized in tourist frauds, and they are smart. Their schemes are usually very complex and hard to see through. They’ve developed ways to stay undetected, and the victims realize they’ve been conned only after the scammers are long gone. They know their local laws very well and sometimes don’t go to jail even when caught.

To help tourists avoid these kinds of troubles while visiting other countries, a UK-based travel website shared an infographic with the most common tourist scams and locations where they most often occur.

The rose

The rose

The ring

The ring

Games

Games

The shoe shiner

The shoe shiner

The photographer

The photographer

The music artist

The music artist

Taxi and bus

 Taxi and bus

Drop and swap

 Drop and swap

Pickpockets

Pickpockets

Cashier

Cashier

A great deal

A great deal

Fakes

Fakes

Maps

Maps

Free massage

Free massage

Flirting

 Flirting

Students

Students

The postcard

The postcard

Charity

Charity

The closed hotel

 The closed hotel

The room inspectors

 The room inspectors

“Many of the most successful gambits require a naive and trusting tourist. But don’t think it can’t happen to more sophisticated travelers, too,” American traveler Rick Steves penned.

“There are many subtle ways to be scammed — a cabbie pads your fare, a shop clerk suddenly inflates prices, a public Internet terminal records your password, or a waiter offers a special with a ‘special’ increased price. Be smart: Know what you are paying for before handing over money, and always count your change.”

Just remember - If a bargain appears too good to be true, it is too good to be true.

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