Millions and millions of people travel in the U.S. and around the globe each and every year. Looking for the chance to unwind and relax, many travelers often let their guard down and will become the victim of a travel scam. No matter where you go, you will unfortunately have the chance of running into someone who is looking to take advantage of you. Whether it is a pickpocket, a street vendor or something more dangerous, people do become victim every year.
Fortunately for us, there does not seem to be a rise in this type of activity today, it however, does still exist and as an informed traveler, it is in your best interest to know the most common scams so that you can avoid them. Do not become a statistic, learn more about common travel scams and be a more informed traveler. Make the most of your travels by knowing before you go.
Five Common Travel Scams
- Pick Pockets- Found everywhere, especially in the most crowded areas, avoid this by putting your money in a less obvious destination on your person and avoid carrying it all in one place.
- Taxi Scams – Found in big cities around the world, less than honest drivers will take advantage of your lesser knowledge. Know the average fares and pay attention to the price. In addition, know the currency when traveling in new areas.
- Street Vendor Scams – Though some vendors are just out to make an honest living, others are out to take advantage of your lack of knowledge. If it looks to good to be true, it probably is. Avoid purchasing items on the street that may not be what they say.
- Pushy Salesmen – Similar to the street vendors, these people are trying to sell you items on the street. If someone tries to put a cd in your hand or a bracelet on your wrist and demand money, simply give it back and walk away.
- Food Flier Ripoffs – Common in Orlando, scam artists are putting “menus” under hotel doors advertising food. People are calling and requesting the food, paying with a credit card and then finding out that they have just been scammed. To avoid this, never order from a menu you find on the floor. Look in the phone book, online or simply ask at the desk. Leave nothing up to chance.
If you have trouble with these or other scams, make sure you contact the authorities right away.
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