7 Common Travel Scams You Might Fall Prey To!
Last updated on September 16th, 2021 at 09:08 am
Traveling is bliss where you meet a lot of friendly people on the road & it easier to get scammed as everyone is as not as they seem. Well, have you heard of this saying about scam artists being present at every corner? Well, this is unfortunately true. Although, travel scams are a common phenomenon among travelers. These scam artists mainly target women, kids, and the elderly.
But don’t get disheartened due to such a scam. Most importantly, it is better to stay safe & alert because the more you know, the less likely you will fall for the scam. We believe nothing should come between you and your adventures. In this blog, we are sharing the seven most common travel scams & ways to prevent them.
Seven Most Common Travel Scams
Most scammers think they are smarter than everybody else and play scamming as a game. There are a bunch of examples below that will educate you on how to avoid it. Here, we will open up their game. Be with us & know about how you can avoid falling into their game.
So, now check out our list; it will give you an idea regarding the malicious travel side, and also it will help to spot them.
Timeshare Travel Scams
Timeshare is one of the most common travel scams that sometimes can cost a lot of money. So, let’s take a look at how.
First, understand what Timeshare is. As the name suggests, Timeshare is a property (usually popular among the real-estate market) sold to many buyers for a specific amount of time. This is where the scam starts, the sellers would promise you tempting deals such as a present or a stay at a luxurious resort. Then chances are they take your money & would disappear into thin air.
How can you spot and prevent a Timeshare scam?
When the deal seems to be too animated, follow your gut instincts and do not fall for any promises at the first meeting itself. Do your intensive research about the developer on the Better Bureau Website (BBB) and look for any complaints or exposed fraud deals. You may find something suspicious about the developer.
Do not commit anything before you have done your background check. If you had already paid money, then take the help of FTC and local authorities.
Taxi Driver Scammed To Tourists
The second most popular scam is the Taxi Scam. The perpetrator of this scam is usually a sly driver or a car service. This usually happens to tourists who hail taxis or take a car service to far-off unfamiliar destinations. The driver picks up that the customer is not aware of the route and therefore takes the longest route possible thus making the taxi fare rise to a big amount.
How to spot and prevent a Taxi Scam?
Whenever you find yourself taking an unfamiliar route, keep Google Maps on your smartphone. Find the direct and most preferred route and keep checking whether the driver is following the same route or not.
If your inner sight tells you that you are being led astray, take out your camera and take the picture of the car’s registration number and driver’s ID. Furthermore, you may need those pictures to show local authorities later on. Consequently, this will also scare the driver. Always make sure you hire the most reputable car services.
Tourists usually get scammed for an incorrect currency change. Since they get confused making payments in a foreign currency, in the meantime the scammer takes advantage of it.
How to Spot and Prevent This Scam?
In this case, if you know you are traveling to a destination where cash is preferred over the card, do your research on the currency. Keep loose change within your reach (in outer pockets) and bigger amounts hidden inside.
However, always count your change after the transaction has been made. Don’t feel shy to ask questions.
Fake Tickets Travel Scams
This kind of scam usually takes place in destinations popular for historical monuments, concert halls, and museums. You will often find people selling tickets for a much lesser price, usually standing outside the bus station, museums, and ticket counter. Do not fall for this trick. In this case, their tickets look almost identical to the real ones but have no value. So the moment your ticket gets screened, you will realize that you have been scammed.
How to Spot and Prevent Fake Ticket Scams?
A lot of attractions sights have their official website that includes a ticket to a concert or bus or train. So to avoid any scam better to purchase from the official site.
The Venue Is A Closed Scam
This is one of the most common scams in destinations that boasts a lot of tourist attractions. The scammers scan the crowd for people who look visibly excited to see an attraction. They claim that the attraction is closed to the public and would suggest you visit another “popular attraction”. There you’ll be forced to pay a fee for entry.
How to Spot and Prevent Such Scams?
Get your information from the official website including opening and closing hours and days. Do not shy away from calling to re-confirm. Hence, use common sense.
Free Merchandise Scam
There is a saying –“ all best things in life are free, the second-best come at a price.” This quote explains this scam well. In case, if you get an offer of food, drinks, or merchandise for free, there might be scammer prowling around.
How to Spot and Prevent A Free Merchandise Scam?
Be very cautious of the “free” term offering to you. If you smell something fishy, politely but firmly decline the offer and start walking. Do not accept anything that is being forced upon you.
Card Trick Scam
This is probably one of the most creative scams in the area. You are lure in a harmless round of a game. In the guise of playing, you become a victim of scams of money and trust.
How to Spot and Prevent Card Trick Scam?
Remember, if you feel like you have been winning thereby not doing anything- walk away from the table. These scams draw you in with the promise of an easy way to win some money. Usually, they will approach you to play a game. You’ll win a few hands, which will tempt you to start putting more money on the table (or borrowing more from the dealer). If you like to gamble or are good at card games, go to a certified casino. Prevention is better than cure, try to avoid these scams and not fall prey to them. Follow the prevention on this blog and be safe on your journey.
If you are also planning a road trip then check out the tips and a complete guide to make your trip safe and everlasting.
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