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10 Of The Most Extreme Tourism Scams in the World

Vacations are about relaxing, and not having to worry about being scammed into losing your money or belongings. When traveling, it’s easy to fall victim to scams because your guard is down and you’re

Vacations are about relaxing, and not having to worry about being scammed into losing your money or belongings. When traveling, it’s easy to fall victim to scams because your guard is down and you’re in an unfamiliar place, and that is exactly what con artists are relying on in these 10 specific cases of extreme tourism scams.

Because these thieves are aware that you’re from out of town, they consider you an easier target, which is why most people who are robbed are foreigners on vacation in a place they’ve never been before. Being informed about some of the scarier things that can happen to you in certain places is important so that you’re prepared and know what to expect if you ever find yourself in these unpredictable situations. You might want to trust everyone you meet while on a trip, but it’s critical to remember that there are sketchy people out there, no matter where you go.

Just in case something similar to these 10 extreme tourism scams happens to you, it’s a good idea to know how to handle them, without getting hurt or in trouble, before heading off on your next vacation. Eventually you’ll be so travel savvy you’ll know how to navigate a new place safely and without worry, regardless of where in the world you are.

10 The Pizza Delivery Menu

9 The Aspiring Musician

 

8 The Camel Hump

7 The Fake Baby

6 The “Free” Massage

5 The Tight Squeeze

4 The Disappearing Luggage

3 The Bad Cop

2 The Lost Money

1 The Stolen Wallet

This happens so often, and in so many places around the world, it’s one of the most popular ways in which people get robbed when on vacation. A thief will come up to you and claim that you stole his wallet, so that when you empty your pockets and show that the only wallet you have on you is yours, the thief will run away with it, all the while claiming that it's his own. Because you’re in a new place and are probably unfamiliar with the people and culture, you’re less likely to stick up for yourself and make a scene. When stuck in this uneasy situation, simply and calmly claim that you did not steal anyone’s wallet and walk away. If the thief continues to bug you, you have every right to tell them you’ll call the cops for your own safety.

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