Last Updated on October 31, 2018
Approximately, there are over 1.200 billion international tourists all over the globe, and comparing to 2015, it increased by 4%. Also, Spain, China, France, Italy, UK, and the United States have become the most popular countries.
With all of these numbers increasing, we may notice that scammers are also started to be found everywhere, trying to find any new way to deceive the tourists and scam them using new smart tricks, which is why we should not trust locals of foreign countries that much.
So if you are planning to travel anytime soon, pay attention to these 10 deceitful scamming tricks that all tourists need to know.
Imagine yourself in a foreign country walking quietly and discovering the streets. Suddenly, you see a ring or a bracelet on the sidewalk and it looks very expensive.
Once you pick it up, a stranger comes up to you and starts encouraging you strongly to not look for the owner because it is “impossible” to find him/her, but they will not let you go until you give them money for it. If you did, you will end up losing a big amount of money for a fake jewelry.
The local residents of so many countries are earning their living through telling fortune in exchange of money or valuable personal items.
So be smart and don’t be fooled with this trick, even if they try to convince you that they are capable to save you from a crisis or a financial collapse.
Basically, they are the ones who are going to get as much money as they can out of you and make you go through a financial crisis.
If you are in a foreign country or just in a different city, then try to book a transfer with a trusted company in advance. If it is unreachable, then use public transportation like trams, metro, and buses. If all these options are not available, then book a taxi from a large company that can already tell you the fees before you start the trip.
Private cabs are not to be trusted because once they see a stranger, they try to manipulate him by taking him on the longest route in order to overcharge them.
You should keep an eye on all forms of public and private transports because the driver could give you change from a different local currency and it will be worthless comparing to the Euros or dollars that you paid with.
These tricks could happen in street tents or small shops that sell souvenirs. You could spot a dishonest seller easily: he would be bargaining with 3 customers, talking on the phone, taking money, giving change and even writing down your credit card information if you used it.
He could also give you less change hoping that you are distracted enough to not notice.
Unofficial ticket sale
When you buy tickets to a concert, museum, theatre or anything else from street vendors, then you might be purchasing a fake ticket. It may look very real, and you may pay a lot of money for it, but you would still get fooled. To make sure everything is right, buy the tickets at the official ticket offices or from the company’s websites.
A call from reception
When you are at the hotel and someone calls your room, introducing themselves as one of the hotel’s staff, and asking you for credit card details in order to pay for the services… do NOT trust it, even if you are being pushed to do it. Just tell them you don’t mind going to the reception and paying for it in person.
In this case, probably, the scammer will stop and back off. Plus, remember that decent hotels ask for payment only at the time of departure when you hand them the room keys.
Some tourists prefer to rent an apartment instead of staying at a hotel because they are cheaper and can provide you with many things. However, there is still a big chance that the owner will be fooling you after you hand back the keys.
He would claim that he needs more money for the “damaging property”. So to avoid this issue, sign an agreement with the owner before you move in, and mention all the information about all the additional fees.
In warmer countries, this trick happens way too often when the tourists stay in bungalows. The scammers will pretend to be interested in you, acquainted you, and start to hang out and enjoy time together for a few evenings.
But one day, he/she will know when exactly you will be out of your room, and they will break in to steal all your valuables and money.
So make sure to always book a hotel room or a bungalow that are safe, and don’t reveal too many information about your vacation plans.
Asking to make a call
As you walk down the street of a beautiful, foreign country, a stranger may approach you looking all frightened and confused. He will ask you if it is possible to make a call from your phone because he lost his (or he got robbed) and now he needs help.
If you agreed, he will end up calling a prepared number that will be charging you hundreds of dollars, and all that money will be going to the scammer’s bank account.
So be careful who you are dealing with, and don’t lot one of your most wanted vacation become one of your biggest nightmares.