How to Avoid Scams When Traveling

Many tourists have problems with being scammed in other countries. Some crooks look for tourists specifically to prey on the vulnerability of being foreign and in a new, unfamiliar place. Here is what to be cautious of when you are traveling abroad. These steps will help you avoid scams, protect your money and keep you safe. Here’s how.


Step 1

Keep your wallet close to you at all times. There are con artists that are very good at deception. In the UK thieves have been known to pose in police uniforms and stop tourists on the street. They inquire about you and ask for your wallet. The ploy allows them to steal credit, money and important identification items.

Step 2

Having landmark photos from your trip can be a valuable momento. However, some derelects pose as photographers at these landmarks. They use the people’s interest against them. Their scam is to take the pictures of tourists generally without any express permission. They ask for payment upfront and ensure you that their studio is nearby. They never return with your photo or payment.

Step 3

Meeting new people in bars can be a plus on a trip abroad. However, there is a scam associated with over friendly people in some countries. A great looking man or woman may invite you to a public place and shower you with as many “free” drinks as you can handle. After they have had their fill, they will find a way to leave the bar and stick you with the outstanding bill.

Step 4

There is still the classic pick pocket to look out for when traveling abroad. Be especially cautious for things that may distract you. This could range from anything like someone accidentally bumping into you, spilling something or a loud outside distraction like a shoving match or arguing. While your mind is invested in some other thing, the pick pocket takes full advantage of your distraction and removes your wallet or money from your pocket.

Step 5

Be on the look out for items being sold on the street. There are many scams in selling bootleg items. These items are usually replicas  and not worth the money the con artist will negotiate with you in return for the item. You’re better off keeping your money in your pocket than buying something of this caliber.

Step 6

Taxi rates can be reasonable, but cab drivers sometimes take advantage of tourists. A quick way to avoid this happening on your trip is to ask the driver before travel what the rate will be. If the rate seems too expensive don’t be afraid to negotiate the price down. They will, more often than not, negotiate a lower price than to lose the fare altogether.

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About the Author: Carl Tackett is a travel enthusiast. He has traveled to over 50 destinations all over the world. Currently, he is residing in England. He loves to write about traveling and helping fellow travelers.

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