Scam – You are waiting in a line at the airline getting a snack and a person is eating a “hot dog” or “burger” and “accidentally” squirts mustard or ketchup on you. In an effort to assist you and while apologizing profusely, the person begins helping you. In the inconvenience of the moment you take your eyes of your luggage and by the time you look again, it is long gone. You have just become a victim of a common airport scam.
How To Avoid – NEVER take your eyes off your luggage, even for a minute. If you must set it down, keep it between your feet.
Scam – In Europe, a “friendly passerby comes up to you and offers to sell you a nice handmade bracelet. You begin to protest but the bracelet is already tightly attached to your wrist and the maker is now demanding money. As you fumble to remove it and say thanks but no thanks, they are already demanding payment and suggesting quite loudly that you are now stealing their wares.
How To Avoid – Watch out for overly friendly people on the streets.
Scam – A commotion occurs in a crowd whether either in the airport or on the street or any other crowded location filled with tourists unfamiliar with the area. You turn to help or just look at what is going on and become the victim of a pickpocket. You have been the victim of a distract and grab scam.
How To Avoid – Assume that all distractions such as this are actually scammers out to get your wallet or valuables and avoid the crowd. Pay attention to your valuables at all times.
Scam – You are paying for your room or your cab ride with a large bill and expecting change back. The person you are dealing with takes your large bill and “inadvertently” drops it. When he/she picks up the bill it has mysteriously changed into a much smaller bill and you are left still owing more money and are out your larger bill.
What To Do – As there is really no way to avoid this scam, the best bet is for you to simply report it to the police. It is not a new trick and you may get your money back, however, you may not.
Scam – You are approached by the “authorities”. You are accused of something illegal and told that if you pay the fee, you can simply leave and have no other trouble.
How To Avoid – If you are ever asked to pay a fee to get out of something by an authority, you are being scammed. Ask for credentials and never pay anyone on the street and never trust anyone without credentials.
Avoiding Scams By Being Informed With Tips From Tradewinds Vacations
Tradewinds Vacations offers you tips and advice to help you avoid becoming the victim of a scam when you travel. Use your common sense when you travel and pay attention to your surroundings to avoid issues when you travel. Avoid becoming a victim by knowing what to watch out for with tips from Tradewinds Vacations, your partner in travel.