Last updated on August 5th, 2019 at 10:12 pm
I am sure that you have read about the many scams that are played on American tourists such as don’t take the baby that someone tries to hand to you as they use it as a distraction to pick your pocket. Walk away if someone “accidentally” spills mustard on you and tries to wipe it off as a way to get close enough to pick your pocket.
Here is another that the State Department is warning travelers about. Don’t pick up wallets or other valuables and don’t take them from strangers asking if you dropped it. Just keep walking. This is a common scam targeting tourists. travel.state.gov/scams
Once you have it in your hands, they will say that you stole it and that they will call the police if you don’t pay them. You know that you don’t speak the language so how can you tell the police what really happened. Even if they finally believe you, you may spend a day in jail before you get released. So, don’t pick up something that does not belong to you and don’t ever take anything that anyone hands you.
I know that when traveling in Columbia and Mexico they often try to hand you their goods then ask you to pay for them and they won’t take back the goods that they handed to you. You are tempted to just throw them on the ground and walk away. Of course, now you have just destroyed their goods and you were worse off than if you had paid for the goods.
So, if a stranger tries to hand you something, just don’t take it. Say no, walk away and don’t look back. If you look back, the will keep trying.
Make sure to enjoy your trip, but don’t be lulled into the con job they are trying to commit.
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As you might guess, this document is a compilation of information from our travels as well as from other travelers. I hope it has been of value to you. Check out the important links below.
- Packing Checklist
- Parent Authorization Letter For Unaccompanied Minors
- Medical Treatment Authorization Letter
- Travel With Minors – Permission Letter
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