10 Golpes turísticos mais comuns no Mundo

10 Most Common Tourist Scams in the World
You will travel? So beware.
You’re traveling to a new, exciting destination. You’ve just bought your tickets, booked your hotel room with a nice view of the garden and you’re ready to go. What could go wrong with such a splendid holiday? It might be a new scam that many tourists fall for. We’ve found the ten most “popular” scams you should be aware of:

1. The Fake Police

As a tourist in a new country, you’re probably not familiar with the typical uniform of a police officer. Most of the time, you shouldn’t. But there are times when scam artists pose as police officers, trying to deceive the unsuspecting visitor. The fake policemen are hanging around the crowded tourist hot-spots; they find a potential victim, inform him or her about counterfeit bills and ask to check the wallet for such money. Before you know it, they’ll be gone with your money or, probably, your entire wallet. Watch for these scams around train stations, museums or bus stations.
Protect yourself by always asking any officer of the law for an ID!

2. The Taxi scams

If there’s anything you should stay away from, it’s taxi drivers that are too friendly. Usually, a dishonest taxi driver will try to pick you from the airport, at the Arrival gate. He will offer you a taxi ride for a price that is smaller than in reality. In an attempt to get more money from tourists, taxi drivers can also inform you about an accident on the metro or train line to the airport. He will say traffic is closed and the only way to get there is by car.
Protect yourself by always looking at the price usually displayed on the cab. When possible, have your hotel call a taxi for you, instead of getting one from the streets.

3. The wallet distraction

You’re most vulnerable when you’re distracted. That’s why you should always watch your possessions when you see people flocking around something. Pickpockets will work in teams to create a distraction that attracts the tourist towards a certain event, making him more vulnerable to theft. Distractions include people fainting in front of you and requiring assistance, group of child beggars surrounding you, someone spilling something on you or people arguing in front of you.

Protect yourself by keeping your wallet in a safe place. Don’t walk around with an open bag and ostentatious jewelry displayed for everyone to see.

4. Currency exchange scams

These scams are found all throughout various continents. What happens is cashiers will slowly count the money you’re due and often stop in the hope that you’ll take the money and leave. Other times, you’ll find a better exchange rate on the black market and be tempted to choose that. These dealers will change your money for fake ones or put paper bills in between the actual money.
Protect yourself by always exchanging money at authorized centers, carefully count the money and make yourself familiar with the country’s currency.

5. The car scams

If you have rented a car or you have plates that clearly show you’re not a local, you might be in for a scam. Thieves will often act as helpful, pointing you to a flat tire and offering to assist. While you’re checking your tires, the accomplice will grab your valuables and run. At times, these guys will open your car doors while you’re at a stop light and get what they can grab.
Protect yourself by not leaving your valuables unattended and always locking your car doors while driving.

6. The timeshare scam

You’re enjoying your vacation when out of the blue someone comes to you and hands you a scratch card. You scratch it and see you’ve won a prize. The other person will tell you that in order to claim your prize, you need to fill out a survey or attend a presentation. No matter how they put it, this has “timeshare pitch” written all over it. You’ll find yourself siting in on long and dull presentations that will charge you some hefty fees.
Protect yourself by not giving in to any stranger that gives you an expensive holiday or gift for free.

7. The friendly warning sign

You’re waiting for the subway or in the bus station and you see a note that says something like “Watch your pockets. There are pickpockets in the area”. You’ll instinctively check your pocket for your wallet and point the thief where the money is. They will then follow you and catch you in a crowd to steal your wallet.

Protect yourself by carrying your wallet in a safe place and keeping your purse closed and always in your hands.

8. The helpful local

You’re bound to find a helpful local anywhere you go. The thing is that half of the time, this good Samaritan is trying to scam you. He might offer to help you withdraw money from the ATM or help you purchase a ticket at the train station. Other times, people will help you park your car and ask you for money when getting out of your car.
Protect yourself by politely refusing any stranger that offers to help you with money.

9. The conveniently located restaurant

You go sightseeing and visiting some historic artifacts and get hungry during your adventurous journey. You’ll be tempted to go into the first restaurant you see and end up spending probably double than normal on lunch. The further you go away from tourist hot-spots the cheaper the food will be.
Protect yourself by making a list of the restaurants you want to visit beforehand. Don’t go in the first restaurant you see just because it’s conveniently located next to your attraction.

10. Shady hotels

A friendly local will often strike up a conversation with you, seeing you have bags and are looking for a hotel in New York, for example. They will offer you a room at a friend’s or relative’s at a very convenient price. When you finally arrive, you’ll see the room is slightly bigger than the surface of the elevator and it’s placed in the middle of nowhere.
Protect yourself by always booking your accommodation in advance.

Source: http://www.hotelclub.com


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