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Scams While Traveling

By Scam Awareness | July 23, 2018

Summertime is the perfect time to travel. Going to new places is always exciting, but beware of the different kinds of scams that you may encounter. Many of the most common scams are not new, nevertheless they still manage to trick tourists every day. However, if you know what to look for, you can avoid these travel scams.

  • Fraud Taxi Drivers: The most common taxi scams involve drivers trying to skip using the meter. They may try to negotiate a price before you get in, saying that it will be a cheaper price, when ultimately it will not be. Always opt to use the meter and if a taxi driver says that the meter is broken, find another taxi. Make sure the meter is up and running before you start your taxi ride.
  • Closed Attractions: The highlight of most trips are the attractions you visit and it can be very disappointing when someone tells you that the activity or place you want to go to is unavailable. Scammers will try to guide you to another attraction or shop saying the museum you wanted to visit is "closed." To avoid this, find the ticket booth or main entrance for yourself. Also, do research before you go and look up the hours and locations so you'll know exactly what to expect.
  • Foreign Currency Scams: When exchanging money, money changers will generally show you how they got their calculations. However, scammers can and will switch the buttons on a calculator around. For example, if they replace the = sign with the Memory Recall function, they can make any amount appear on the screen. Always check your exchange money carefully and double-check the calculations on your phone.

Traveling can be very fun, and it is a great way to see the world, but it can also make you an easy target for scams. Stay safe, stay careful, and enjoy your summer vacation!  

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