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Ground Transport Scams

By Scam Awareness | August 16, 2019

Adventure can be right around the corner when traveling the globe and ground transportation is a great way to see the sites. But whether you're on a train, cab, bus or tuk tuk, beware of transportation scams that give you more of a thrill ride than you bargained for.

Here are some common ground transportation scams and how to avoid them:

  • Taxi and Tuk Tuk Scams
    • A driver who claims their meter is broken can charge passengers however much they like. Another common scheme is "long-hauling", when a driver takes the longer route and overcharges passengers. Always use a licensed taxi or spend a little extra money to arrange transportation through your hotel. Bring a map to show the driver where you want to go and track the miles on your smartphone. Some shady drivers might say your destination is closed, then take you to a shop or restaurant where you will be pressured to overspend on goods or services. Don't agree to any unplanned stops. 

  • Ticket Fare Scams
    • Scammers wearing official looking uniforms offer discount tickets or a chance to jump the queue in exchange for cash. These tickets are fake and you won't be reimbursed. Always purchase your ticket from the official booth.

  • Rental Scams
    • Beware of rental companies trying to charge you for "vehicle damage". Before using the vehicle, take photos, especially of any previously existing damages. This lets the rental employees know that you are aware of the scam while simultaneously documenting the condition of the vehicle in case you are wrongly accused. 

Stay informed about specific scams within your destination and contact local authorities immediately if anything starts to turn south. Happy travels!

Stay Safe!

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