Learn More About Travel Scams Around The World So You Can Avoid Them
Despite the fact that millions of people will travel this summer without any problems whatsoever, there are some unfortunate travelers who will have to face issues regarding their safety and enjoyment when they travel. No one is exempt from becoming a victim when traveling. To help you, we encourage you to know before you go and avoid becoming a victim of travel scams when you travel.
Illegitimate Street Vendor – Many people in various cultures will attempt to sell their wares on the street. Known as street vendors, some are simply trying to make a legitimate living, however, there are many others who are just out to scam the unsuspecting person. To truly avoid this type of scam, it is in your best interest to simply avoid street vendors all together. Whether trying to sell expensive wares for unbelievably cheap or offer you tickets to top destinations, if it looks to good to be true it usually is. Buy tickets online or at your destinations and do not expect to find name brand items of the street for less than they are worth and you can avoid becoming a victim of an illegitimate street vendor.
Donation Scams – Despite the fact that many people need help for their charities, it is best not to donate on the streets. In other countries, there are those who will use children or others to attempt to take your money for their benefit. If you see someone who is in need of help, donate to the charity legitimately, not on the street to avoid becoming a victim.
Money Changing Scams – Like all other scams, these can vary depending on the area. The best way to avoid becoming a victim of a money changing scam is to:
- Only exchange money at banking establishments
- Know the rates
- Understand the denominations
- Pay in local currency when possible
Fake Police – No legitimate police officer will tell you that you can avoid issues with the police by paying them cash. If you run into a problem and are told that you may get out of trouble by paying them off, do not do it. If you are approached by a police officer, ask to see credentials.
As an informed traveler, your ability to understand more about areas, what to expect and more, can help you avoid becoming a scam victim when you travel. Know before you go and make more of your time and money when you travel. Do not become a victim of a travel scam, let Tradewinds Vacations help.