When you’re on holiday, you might not think you’re going to get scammed. Unfortunately, that’s what the scammers count on — you letting down your guard. However, if you remain aware at all times, the chances of something happening is greatly reduced. Trust your instinct and if something doesn’t pass the smell test, get out of the situation. Most people you’ll come in contact with are perfectly honest, but it doesn’t hurt knowing what some of the top travel scams are.
Instead, ask for help from an official tourist bureau or stay in a trusted hotel for the first couple of nights. There you can relax and the concierge will be able to advise you on where to go and what to do. If you're booking your hotel online, watch out for these red flags.
Vehicle rental scams
An easy way around this is to always take pictures of vehicles you rent, especially existing damage. Now you have proof of the condition of the vehicle before you rented it. Make sure you take the pictures in front of the clerk, so they know that you're not an easy mark. If there is a contract, make sure that the damage is noted on it.
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Pickpockets operating in groups
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No bags in your lap
In one scam, bus or shuttle drivers will say you can't keep a bag on your lap. The idea is that you'll put it on the roof or somewhere out of sight where someone can go through the bag. Tell the driver no and if that doesn't work, take the next bus or shuttle.
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If you need to use a bank machine, always use one indoors, preferably at a bank, as machines on the street are prone to having card scanners attached to them.
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Don’t automatically trust everyone
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The old bait-and-switch
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