Who doesn’t look forward to a vacation? We love making travel plans and visualizing relaxing on a beach, visiting popular tourist attractions, taking long walks near the hill side and shopping for souvenirs and other products. The goal is to relax, have fun and feel refreshed!
Did you know that as tourists are among the top targets for scams? The simple reason is that they are very easy to identify in the local landscape. A majority of them carry objects like cameras, maps, backpacks etc., and may also adorn similar looking clothes (if traveling in a group).
Common Travel Scams
Here are some typical scams that tourists might face while traveling :-
Risky wireless networks
Everyone wants to stay constantly connected, and for this reason, they tend to log in quickly to the nearest Wi-Fi network they can find. However, open networks can be quite risky to use. It is also important to understand that even if you are using the connection offered by the airport, business or hotel, it does not mean that it is safe and your personal data would not be hacked. Tourists must be cautious and connect through personal Wi-Fi hotspots that are set up via wireless devices, such as a smartphone.
Did you know that a large majority of scam artists pose as cab drivers? When you get into an unidentified taxi, the driver may take you to an isolated place and assault or rob you, taking away your money, luggage and other valuables.
As tourists, you should make sure that you only take cabs that have the company and number clearly mentioned on the car. Examine the meter or the rate sheet when inside the car. This will inform the driver that you are aware of the possibility of unsolicited price hikes. Several cab drivers try and increase the rate per mile once the journey towards a destination begins.
Fraud street performers
Tourists have a high chance of encountering fraud street performers or street scamsters that catch you off guard. One of the popular cons is known as the “friendship bracelet”. Here a person will tie a bracelet on the wrist of the tourist and ask for money in exchange for it. Similar to this is the “found ring”. A stranger might approach you stating that you dropped off a ring somewhere. They hand you the ring and claim money for it.
These are just a few of the tourist scams that you should be aware of whenever you make your journey travel plans.