Travel Scams

Be careful of travel scams when booking that next vacation or that once-in-a-lifetime trip. Many people have been duped into a scheme and have had thousands of dollars stolen from them in some instances. 

Obviously, we all want to take amazing vacations. However, what gets so many people in trouble is the prospect of saving substantial sums of money by booking plane travel, lodging or other aspects of vacationing through third parties promising them. 

And this is how many people get lured into travel scams. As can many other aspects of vacationing.

 

Travel Scams: List of Common Tricks Below

Be careful when booking your next vacation. Keep your eyes open, and learn about what travel scams are out there. See below:

Drugs in Ibiza

How the scam works: Cocaine and marijuana are the most popular drugs in the world. Marijuana is legal in Spain, if it is used in moderation (in official wording – “for medical purposes”). However, tons of young people are selling it illegally in all the major cities. We know you don’t do drugs, but just in … Drugs in Ibiza Read More »

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Egyptian Pound

How the scam works: One of the most common scams pulled by shady Egyptian vendors is to offer you an apparently great price for an item and then nicely pack it for you. After you pick it up and try to pay – he stops you and makes a scene. “I said 5 English Pounds, … Egyptian Pound Read More »

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Airport Cell Phone Rental

How the scam works: You are traveling to a different city for a few days. While there, you will need to make a lot of calls, so having a local cell phone would be a good idea, right? Right. Unfortunately, certain local cell phone providers might take your skin off, using the following trick: once … Airport Cell Phone Rental Read More »

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Airport Panhandler

How the scam works: You are in an airport. A well-dressed gentleman approaches you, introduces himself and tells you he is short $11 to pay for a boarding charge because he has extra baggage weight. He might say: “Now they charge an extra $20 if you have more than 20 pounds. They don’t take cards … Airport Panhandler Read More »

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Airport Staged Shoplifting

How the scam works: This is a scam that happens often in Thailand and Cambodia. If you are in one of their airports’ shops, keep a considerable distance from the shelves or leave your bags outside the stores. This is an organized scam where fake or even real police officers will take you away, suggesting you stole … Airport Staged Shoplifting Read More »

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Airport Pick Up

How the scam works: You just got off of a long flight. You're in a foreign country and all you want to do is go to the hotel and crash. You walk out of your gate, get your luggage and are finally on your way out when you stop and take a second look at … Airport Pick Up Read More »

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Airport Terminal Switch

How the scam works: You are starting your all-inclusive trip in, say, Cancun – Mexico. Your plane just landed, and you are happy the hotel you’re staying at has a shuttle available. As you come out of Terminal 3, you find out from an airport employee that your shuttle is at Terminal 2, which, he … Airport Terminal Switch Read More »

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Baby Thrown at You

Baby Gypsy Throw Scam: How It Works This happens a lot in some of the most touristy places in the world, so if you are about to travel – watch out! You’re getting pickpocketed without knowing. In order to pickpocket you while in a busy place, a gypsy woman will throw her infant at you … Baby Thrown at You Read More »

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Beach Massage

How the scam works: It certainly feels good to relax on holiday and – to have a massage on the beach once in a while. However, there are destinations like Barcelona, Indonesia, Thailand, Bali, etc. – where massage ladies are all over the place. Sometimes they walk along the beach in pairs. How the scam works … Beach Massage Read More »

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Bird Poop Cleaning

How to avoid: Don’t laugh, this is a very popular pick pocketing trick not only in your country, but all over the world. While you are wandering on the streets of, say New York or Buenos Aires, a substance is squirted on you, either mustard or something brown that looks like bird droppings. An "accidental" … Bird Poop Cleaning Read More »

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