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Istanbul Ferry

How the scam works:

You are in Istanbul and want to do a tour of the beautiful Bosphorus, which links Europe to Asia.

The tour promises a great half-day of fantastic views, stops at old castles, etc. The price is not too shabby, either: 25 Turkish Lira (about $15, 10 EURO, or 9 GBP).

As you are waiting in the line-up, a man wearing a uniform approaches the tourists selling tickets, to “help the flow of the line-ups”. You pay him 50 Liras, for you and your partner, and he gets you into a different line-up, since you now have your tickets.

You are excited about spending half of the day on a semi-cruise and wait to get on the ferry. You get on, smell the breeze, and start enjoying the views, as the ferry leaves the dock.

An hour later you are back, as the trip is done. The crook sold you the short trip tickets, which are half the price.

How to avoid:

Just wait in the line-up and always buy tickets from the official booth.

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