23 Nov 7 Common Scams to Avoid While Traveling
Air travel is finally making a comeback, and people worldwide are resuming their postponed travel plans. But after being out of business for so long, local guides and businesses will cut corners to make up for lost times.
These tactics require lots of scamming and stealing from innocent tourists who just want to have a good time traveling in a new country. But these scams are totally preventable.
This blog will enlighten you on some of the most common scams that take place and easy ways to prevent them. They are as follows:
Broken Taxi Meter
Know your taxi fares. It is very common for local taxi drivers to scam people off their money by stating that their taxi’s meter is broken or notice it going way too fast. If you come across something like that, just stop your ride immediately and get off.
To avoid this situation, try to use car apps like Uber, etc. The rates are standard, and you get a much professional service. Almost every country has Uber or similar services, do your research and install the app beforehand. Or just check in with your hotel on the local taxi fares for the location you are visiting.
Speaking of apps and installations, it may require you to connect to public wifi, which is not the best thing to do if you handle all your expenses and do everything on your phone. Public wifis are a menace waiting to happen; they can lead to numerous scams and identity thefts from your accounts and steal personal information without you even knowing.
But the solution for this is straightforward and excellent; a VPN, a Virtual Private Network, will always keep your devices secure from any security breaches, and secure your data and information. So when connecting to public wifi, just connect to your VPN, and you are good to go.
Moreover, a VPN will also be your entertainment source in regions where streaming sites like Netflix have a restricted catalog. Make sure while traveling, you get a tested VPN for US Netflix or USA Netflix as they have the best and most diverse content library of them all.
Hotels have specially appointed local taxi drivers waiting to grab customers they can deceive by claiming all the affordable hotels are full or overbooked and then lead them to an expensive hotel. These locals get a fat commission on each customer they lure in while creating a big dent in your pocket as you pay for costly rooms.
The best way to avoid it is to book your hotels beforehand while planning your visit. Hotel bookings and ticketing should be your priority, never leave these details to the last minute as you can get scammed if you wait for long.
We all love free stuff, but not in a strange place by strangers. It tends to happen a lot with tourists who are too polite to push anyone away. Strangers will offer you free items like a bracelet or anything and forcefully make you wear it. And then these people will create a scene asking for money for their things and embarrass you.
Don’t panic in these situations, nor pay them for it. Simply return the item and walk away or create a distance between yourself and the person.
Bumping into you by mistake
A widespread trick used by pickpockets, they bump into you “by mistake” and take out your wallet or other valuables from your pocket without you realizing, and before you know it, they will vanish in thin air.
While traveling, pack your essentials accordingly. Get a zipper crossbody bag for all your belongings and a separate one for your documents that are hidden under your clothes. Keep in mind that the bump can be a genuine mistake, but check if your bag and zip are intact with all your items whenever that happens.
Role-playing is another part of these scams that people come across while traveling. Usually, they pretend to be officers and demand your wallet and passport for security reasons and whatnot.
Do not hand over your items! Instead, demand their official ID and name. Also, claim that your documents are in your hotel; if they can accompany you there, then okay. If not, walk away from them immediately.
Tourists tend to rent their cars or bikes while traveling abroad to get a closer look at things on their own. Rent-a-car/bike owners scam people of extra money most of the time, claiming that they damaged their property, bringing out old faults, and blaming the customer for it.
During this time, do not panic but be vigilant. While renting the transportation, take a picture of the bike that too in front of the owner. Also, always invest in travel insurance. It comes in hand during these times.