18 are the most frequently used tourist scams, which work until now, because they are known to little peopleVika
Traveling across the border, it is easy to immerse yourself in a carefree regime, immersed in a new environment. But as we did not want to forget about the problems and get the maximum pleasure, tourist scams, and traps - a big part of the trip. And the sooner you learn to find them and cope with them, the sooner the fear will disappear and you will be deceived, and you will feel greater safety and comfort.
But in order not to get caught in such a trap, you need to first learn about them.
1. Mexico City: counterfeit ATMs. Some of them just swallow your card and will not return it. Use an ATM inside the bank.
2. Rome, Italy: When you go to a restaurant, there is no menu. In fact, they force you to buy something, not looking at the menu, so that you did not know the price, and they could double it. Just say, "I'll wait until I get the menu."
3. Seoul, South Korea: on the streets you can come across fake monks. These people will offer you an "amulet of luck" or a talisman of luck, and in return, they will ask for a gift. They can also show you the image of the temple and the book with the names of the victims, which you can imitate as much as you want to give them. Not a single real monk will give you this on the street and will not ask for a sacrifice.
4. London, United Kingdom: contactless card reading device: when you go down the street, someone will have a contact card reading device in your bag. They will put this in your bag or pocket and withdraw money from your credit card. There is a limit to the number of non-contact readers (30 pounds), but they can still take a lot of money. It occurs in very crowded places, for example, on the streets or in the subway. In order for this not to happen, if you have a handbag, just put it in front of yourself or put a purse in the front pocket.
5. Buenos Aires, Argentina: you can find a lot of motorcycles when two people ride on one motorcycle. One of the guys goes out at the traffic light and runs to the nearest cafe or on the terrace, steals something laptop or something valuable, returns to the motorcycle, and rides.
6. Athens, Greece: Pouring coffee: you go down the street, and accidentally a guy comes to you and pours you coffee. They work in pairs: one will help you clean the shirt, and the other will steal your wallet. Or offer to clean the bag and just run away with it. Tell them that everything is in order with you, and you do not need help.
7. Beijing, China: Beijing is known to have a large number of five-star hotels. Due to this, there will be really big discounts in hotels without star service. In most cases, they hire you at the airport, saying that this is a good hotel, but they simply do not have a star, so you get a much lower price. In most cases, they simply drive you to a hostel or motel
8. Athens, Greece: poor people on the streets deliberately use transparent cups and put them quite far on the sidewalk, so you accidentally sniffed them. They are really good at it, to make you feel a full shit about it, so that when you say: "Oh, God, let me give you a little money." Try not to fall into the trap of guilt, they did it specifically.
9. Dubai, UAE: When you take a taxi, make sure you have a meter. Often they tell you that it does not work or that they do not have it. It's just that they try to take more from you.
10. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: this is a very expensive city to visit, especially when it comes to renting Airbnb or booking a room at a hotel. Many scammers use this by posting fake lists of housing on Facebook and always asking for payment via Western Union. To do this, book only through the official sites.
11. Madrid, Spain: Rosary good luck: an old gypsy will come to you with a rosary, and as soon as he does not have a chance, he will start begging you. As soon as she finishes, she will ask you to pay from 5 to 25 euros. Avoid this scam, just do not allow it to give you a brush and go.
12. Beijing, China: Tea house: on the street, you will meet a beautiful man or woman and invite a cup of tea. In most cases, they simply promote the cafe. As soon as you enter and place the order, you will not see the menu (of course), they will leave, and you will be blocked, paying more than 5000 rubles in yuan.
13. Mexico City. There are many fake taxis that are usually run by local criminals. These people were beaten in a sexual assault over passengers. These taxis can also be the starting point of Secuestro Express, which means express extortion of people. It is better to just hire an official taxi or use Uber services.
14. Beijing, China: fake money: the Chinese for the last years have realized that many visitors do not know how to look at the yuan, so when you get your money back, you can get this fake money Try to avoid shady streets and buy-in official shops.
15. Mexico: as long as you stop the car at the traffic light, the guy will come to your windshield and just start cleaning it, even if you do not want it. Directly before you, as you are able to drive again, he will come and ask you for money. Instead, lower the window and say: "No Quiero Que me limpies mi caro" - "I do not want you to clean my car."
16. Istanbul, Turkey: Sit in a taxi, find out that in Istanbul there are many "picturesque routes", so drivers can take you on a longer trip. Before you go anywhere, ask someone, how often will you have to get from point A to point B to get in a taxi, you already have the price.
17. London, UK: This is a scam around music festivals. Around Wembley Arena or around Roundhouse people will sell you fake tickets to the concert venue. Avoid speculators and just try to buy tickets online.
18. Seoul, South Korea: high-end handbags are sold. At Ikhwa Women's University, women were allowed to sell fake cosmetics only to foreigners. Buy only at established retail owners.