Travel Advice - Recognizing and
avoiding con artists
When you are traveling, avoid mentioning personal and travel details
during conversations with strangers. The person that you are talking
with could be another traveler or a thief planning to make you their
If you are befriended by someone who suggests that the two of you head
off for some destination unknown to you, beg off and return to an area
of safety such as your hotel.
- We are not suggesting that making friends on a trip is always
dangerous, only that you should exercise caution.
- If you were approached by a person at home who stuck up a
conversation and suggested that they give you a ride across town, would
your accept their offer?
- We thought not, so don’t have a change of heart while traveling.
If someone approaches you and indicates that they can give you the best
tour of the city, demur and indicate that you are have already booked a
guide or do not need one.
- The person may be on the up-and-up but why take an unnecessary risk?
- If you need the services of a guide, usually one can be arranged by
your hotel, a tourist office, or the attraction that you are visiting.
Perhaps the most insidious con man is the one who approaches you and
tells you that they have access to the highest quality goods at bargain
- The deal will always involve something that is the specialty of the
area and will generally be rugs, watches, leather coats, or fine
- Watch your wallet! If it seems too good to be true, it is!
- If these deals are so good, why do they have to come to find you?
People should be flocking to them.
- Often, the goods are of inferior quality.
- Sometimes the goods require shipping (of course, they must be
ordered from the factory) and never arrive.
- Sometimes there is nothing to sell and they are setting you up for
Do your shopping where everyone else shops.
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