Even experienced travelers can become victims of crooks that prey on tourists. Perpetrators use a number of ploys for their purposes.
Today we offer to your attention steps you can take to avoid common travel scams and swindles.
Fake booking websites
Fake travel reservation websites are common culprits. In fact, a whopping 15 million online hotel reservations are made on bogus third-party sites every year.
Go to the official website of the hotel, airline, or rental car agency to book reservations. Also, make sure the booking site’s URL starts with https:// – this ensures it’s a secure website.
Phony Wi-Fi hotspots
Connecting your computer, smartphone, or other electric device to an unsecured Wi-Fi network can put your personal data at risk, since the perpetrator can gain access to what’s on your device, including sensitive information like credit card account numbers.
Instead of using public Wi-Fi, create a mobile hotspot from your smartphone. If you must use a public Wi-Fi connection, use a VPN, or Virtual Private Network, which is a private network that only you can access, hiding your important data from potential hackers.
“Closed” hotel accommodation or attraction
Some taxi drivers mislead travelers by telling them that their desired hotel or attraction is closed, even though it’s open. The driver will then try to pressure you to stay at a different hotel or visit a different attraction, which offers the driver a kickback for bringing the company business.
If a cabbie tells you that your hotel or attraction is closed, call directly to see whether it’s truly open or closed.
The broken taxi meter
Some taxi drivers take advantage of tourists by telling them that their meter is broken and then charge them significantly more money than the fare should have cost.
If a taxi driver refuses to turn on the meter, get out and opt for another driver.
The shell game
A game operator on the street places a ball under one of three shells or cups, shuffles them around, and you place a bet on where you think the ball is. Associates acting as tourists guess correctly, leading you to think you can win. The perpetrator has removed the ball using sleight of hand, or you win and the person pays you with counterfeit money.
We hope our advices will help you to avoid different scams while traveling.