Traveling might be cheaper and easier than ever before, but as the world grows ever smaller, scammers seeking to take advantage of hapless tourists become more common. Every year, countless foreign visitors fall victim to petty crime or worse. However, by ensuring you are familiar with some of the more common ploys, you’ll be far less likely to fall prey to the tricksters. To help you keep vigilant, here are some of the typical travel scams out there.
1. Street Money Exchangers
In certain countries, tourists often fall foul of money exchange scams. Hoping to get a better deal than the official money changers, tourists turn to shifty street dealers. Not only is changing money this way illegal in most countries, it’s also one of the easiest ways to get ripped off. Street money exchangers are invariably clever fraudsters who excel in confidence tricks. It’s hard to match wits with their quick calculations and miscounting magic, so be wary of these pro scam artists.