Let’s be real, people like to take advantage of tourists. Some people stick to just overcharging for tours and food, but others take things so far as to be scams. It’s a reality of traveling, but as long as you’re smart, you can avoid it. Here’s how.
Beware of People Offering Help
If a stranger approaches you on the street and offers you help in the form of advice, invitations, or discounts, they’re probably scamming you. Your best bet is to only accept help from official employees of places you visit.
Do the Math
It’s easy to get scammed if you never add up your total, calculate your tip, or look at your receipts—and that’s exactly what scammers are counting on you doing. So always take the extra time to take a careful look at your bills and receipts before paying.
Be Wary of Distractions
If something on the street happens that draws your attention—somebody falling over and loudly yelling, a fight breaking out, or a child asking you for money or to sign a petition—it’s likely just an attempt to distract you while somebody looks for an open pocket or a bag to grab. Be extra vigilant whenever a situation like this comes up.