Gentlemen’s Club Scam
Night Club Scam: How It Works
(with video below) This scam could be called in many ways: Gentlemen's Club Scam, Strip Club Scam, or the Lady Bar Scam – they are all operating in the same way. It's very dangerous and it targets male clients of bars that initially seem to be very friendly. It could happen to you anywhere, but it occurs predominantly in countries from Eastern Europe (Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, etc) or South East Asia (Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, etc.). How does the scam work?
Watch the video below to see in action this scam exposed by a victim:
You could also read the Comments at the bottom of this article and add your own, if you've experienced something similar. Let's dive into it.
Imagine this scenario: You and your buddies just arrived in one of the countries listed above for a great vacation. You want to have a good time. While trying to find out what are the hottest spots in town, you might be approached by certain people with 'recommendations'. Scammers spot tourists from far away.
If you hear "Lady bar? Lady bar?" and say yes, this is what will probably happen: you are taken to a "bar" (most likely on a darker street) where, once you sit down, a couple of girls will come to say hi and hang out. You don't mind, order a few drinks, but what will happen soon after is that several other cocktails or shooters will come out of nowhere, although you never ordered them.
The girls will drink fast one after another, while the waitress will keep bringing alcohol to your table. When you try to say that those shouldn't go on your bill, they will hide behind the language barrier and just say short phrases, such as: "tip, tip" or "drink, drink".
You feel something is fishy and try to get up and leave, but a few massive men will come your way, asking you to pay the $3,000 bill. It is reported that several victims leave these places either: with their credit cards maxed out, without their jackets and jewelry, or beaten up. Other times, they are escorted to the closest ATM machine, to get cash out.
Night Club Scam: How To Avoid
If you are escorted to a "bar" by the referrer himself –that should be your first red flag. Let alone the fact that the street where the bar is located doesn't have a soul on it. The best spots in a city are always advertised in other ways. The scenario above could happen not only in the South Asian or Eastern European countries, but anywhere else – so beware.
Night Club Scam: How To Report
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below: