Today I am going to share a few things about Major Travel Scams to Avoid and how to avoid them. Travel scams and reserve fraud can be hidden from view and quickly turn a fun vacation into a financial nightmare. Those major travel scams can be easily avoided if we take some precautions. It is important to pay attention when you browse travel offers, especially if they seem too good to be true, but also when they are not. You may be lucky enough to be a traveler who has never been cheated on their trips. If so, congratulations, because I think you are one of the few that has not happened, to a greater or lesser extent. Precisely because of the increase in travel scams on the internet, and also by the local smartass that appears in some of the most common destinations.
THE 6 MAJOR TRAVEL SCAMS TO AVOID
Let’s check this list of what our expert says are the major travel scams lurking in today’s world.
1. Fake police
Sometimes it can happen that the police approach asking for documents, such as a visa or passport, and they tell you that they have found a “problem” with your documentation and immediately offer you the possibility of fixing everything by paying a simple “administrative fee” (you can have many names according to the country), in cash and immediately. The solution to this is to ask them to go to the nearest police station where the payment will be made. With this, the police usually find some excuse to say that they were wrong or should go to address other issues.
One of the most common places where this happens is at the borders. Officers usually request a payment to let the traveler pass. Provided they have a visa and a passport up to date, in no part of the world should they pay ANYTHING when crossing a border.
We also have the fake tourist police, which offers false information for them to charge commission.
2. Irresistible offers
Something very common is that taxi driver or street vendors invite you to enter a store, once again, where they will get a commission. They will make impossible offers to reject, but be very careful, because they can be false products, without value, or directly that they never send it to your destination.
Electronics, jewelry, and clothing are great candidates to use in these scams.
3. Taxis at airports
Nothing new, taxi drivers to see that you are a foreigner will try to increase their rates by going further, for example. There are countries that have Uber or similar type of services, always try to book them
Search on the internet for transportation cost ideas. Ask on the facebook for the travelers. I do believe that there is a lot of people who will love to help you.
4. Roadside scams
First, someone with a very nice and charismatic young man will approach, who offers you a “scratch and win” gift card. For your kindness and kindness, you end up accepting it, and to your surprise. It turns out that you have won some kind of prize. Which can be anything from a T-shirt and cash to a day trip. What’s the trick? This young man insists that he must accompany you to a hotel to collect your prize. He insists that he must accompany them, otherwise, they will not pay him for his work. However, if you end up going with him, upon arriving at the hotel, you will be dragged into a room with a lot of tourists “forced” to watch a one-hour presentation about the timeshare apartments. Where you will pressure to buy at a very special price. Unfortunately, there are many people who allow themselves to convince.
5. “It is closed”
This is very common, especially with taxi drivers, tour guides, or the fake tourist police. When asking for information about a restaurant, hotel, museum, etc., they tell you that it closes. But that they know one the same or better. Obviously, they will take a commission from the place they offer. And usually, it will not the same or better from the place you wanted to address from the beginning.
6. Rental of motorcycles and bicycles
If you are renting a motorcycle or bicycle. Always take pictures of all the angles covering every defect that the vehicle may have. Before taking it from the place where they rented it. Because they can fall into the trap of wanting to make them pay for something that was already broken. Try the bike or the bike well before taking it away. So that afterwards, you will not blame yourself for the damages.
How to Avoid Major Travel Scams
The web can provide opportunities for scammers, but it also offers travelers the tools and information they need to make smart and educated decisions with their money. If you run into a company you’ve never heard of, do a little research before handing over the hard-earned money. Finally, apart from these most common scams, there is always the risk of losing your belongings in crowds or due to carelessness. We recommend that you never lose your belongings from sight, that you always keep them tied or next to your body and that in case of crowds, for example, in public transport, avoid carrying them in poorly protected places (such as the back pockets of the pants).