Vacationing in foreign lands is a dream come true but often comes with a price tag. Yet, even the most diligent budgeters can find their funds drained by crafty vacation scams while abroad.
Vacation Scams To Avoid
Here’s your guide to avoiding common travel scams and ensuring a smooth, scam-free gateway.
You’re strolling through the streets of Montmartre in Paris, and suddenly, a friendly street vendor approaches and ties a colourful bracelet around your wrist, insisting it’s a cherished gift.
But here’s the catch: They demand payment once the bracelet adorns your wrist. Justin Albertynas, a seasoned travel industry expert and CEO of the hotel booking site Ratepunk advices “Firmly say ‘no thank you’ and keep walking. Don’t let them begin tying the bracelet.”
Across Asia, unwary travellers find themselves in a taxi, only to discover that the meter remains stubbornly off, replaced by an exorbitant flat rate quoted by the driver. Albertynas advises, “Always insist on using the meter. If they refuse, find another taxi.” Don’t let unscrupulous cabbies take you for a ride.
More travel scams while on vacation
Currency Switch Scam
Watch out for the currency switch scam when exchanging your money on vacation in foreign lands. Albertynas explains, “When you hand a larger note, the person might quickly switch it with a smaller note, insisting you gave them the wrong amount.” Protect yourself by “always being attentive during money exchanges and confirming the denominations out loud when handing money over.”
Photo Favor Scam
While admiring iconic sights, a seemingly friendly local offers to take your photo, and you gladly hand over your camera. However, your smile fades when they demand money to give it back. “Politely decline offers from strangers to take your photo or ask someone whom you approached first,” advises Albertynas.
Fake Police Officer Scam
An unnerving scam involves criminals impersonating police officers. Edmund Jenkins, a travel expert at Time To Backpack, warns that these impersonators may demand to see your passport or wallet, accuse you of fictitious offences, and even threaten arrest if you don’t comply. His advice is to remain calm, ask for identification, and, if they refuse, calmly walk away.
By staying alert and informed, you can enjoy the wonders of the world without falling prey to cunning scams. Travel smart, travel safe!
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